We have agreed with South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust to provide NHS services for our patients. NHS dental care includes all treatment necessary to secure and maintain your oral health. We provide a limited range of braces (orthodontics), please ask for details.
Information about the cost of NHS treatment can be found here. More advice on receiving help with the cost on NHS dental treatment can be found by visiting www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/HelpWithHealthCosts
We also provide a full range of private treatment options for patients who choose to have treatment that is not available under the NHS – for example large white fillings in back teeth or cosmetic treatment such as tooth whitening. Your dentist will advise you of the cost of any private treatment.
Scale and polish
This is when your teeth are professionally cleaned by the hygienist. It involves carefully removing the deposits that build up on the teeth (tartar). Scale and polish is available on the NHS depending on your clinical need and costs (band 1) £18.50.
Fillings are used to repair a hole in a tooth caused by decay. The most common type of filling is an amalgam, made from a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin, copper and zinc. Your dentist will offer the most appropriate type of filling according to your clinical needs. This includes white fillings, if appropriate. Amalgam fillings and some white fillings are available on the NHS (band 2) and cost £50.50 per course of treatment.
Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) tackles infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). The blood or nerve supply of the tooth has become infected. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out. During treatment, all the infection is removed from inside the root canal system. The root canal is filled and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown to stop it becoming infected again. Root canal treatment usually requires two or three visits to your dentist. Root canal treatment is available on the NHS (band 2) and costs £50.50.
A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth. It’s made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which will eventually support the bridge. A bridge is usually created from precious metal and porcelain and will be fixed in your mouth (unlike dentures, which can be removed). Bridges are available on the NHS (band 3) and cost up to £219.
A crown is a type of cap that completely covers a real tooth. It’s made from either metal, or porcelain and metal, and is fixed in your mouth. Crowns can be fitted where a tooth has broken, decayed or been damaged, or just to make a tooth look better. To fit a crown, the old tooth will need to be drilled down so it’s like a small peg onto which the crown will be fixed. It can take some time for the lab to prepare a new crown, so you probably won’t have the crown fitted on the same day. Crowns are available on the NHS (band 3) and cost up to £219.
Braces (orthodontic treatment) straightens or moves teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. Braces can be removable (so you can take them out and clean them) or fixed, so that they’re stuck to your teeth and you can’t take them out. They can be made of metal, plastic or ceramic. Invisible braces are made of a clear plastic. Braces are available on the NHS for children and, occasionally, for adults, depending on the clinical need and cost (band 3) up to £219.
Veneers are new facings for teeth which disguise a discoloured (rather than a damaged) tooth. To fit a veneer, the front of the tooth is drilled away a little. An impression is taken, and a thin layer of porcelain is fitted over the front of the tooth (similar to how a false fingernail is applied). Veneers are only available privately.
More commonly known as false teeth, dentures are fitted in place of natural teeth. Dentures are custom-made using impressions (mouldings) from your gums. They’re usually made from metal or plastic. A full set is used to replace all your teeth. A part set is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A full set needs to be removed and soaked in a cleaning solution. Whilst part dentures can be brushed at the same time as your other teeth they need to be removed for thorough cleaning. Dentures are important if you lose your natural teeth as it’s difficult to chew your food, which will adversely affect your diet and may cause your facial muscles to sag. Dentures are available on the NHS (band 3) and cost up to £219.
Tooth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that involves lightening the natural colour of teeth using bleaching methods. Tooth colour varies among people and teeth can become discoloured through red wine, coffee, smoking and age. Tooth whitening is only available privately.