NHS dental costs to increase in England

The government has announced that from 1 April the costs of basic dental treatment will be raised to £17.50, a 50p rise.

Prescriptions will be raised by 25p to £7.65.

For dental treatment, Band 1 treatment, consisting of examination, diagnosis and advice, X-rays, scale and polish and treatment planning, is set to cost £17.50.

Charges for Band 2 treatment, consisting of root canal treatments, extractions and covering fillings, will increase from £47 to £48, whilst Band 3 treatment prices will be affected by a £5 increase, meaning that crowns, dentures and bridges will cost £209.

Mr Burns said in the report: ‘Dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services.

‘The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary care trusts and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.’

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