Dental implant FAQs
Can I have dental implants on the NHS?
Dental implant treatment on the NHS can only be undertaken in extreme circumstances, when the patient demonstrates that there is a significant medical need. Such instances may include tooth loss from a serious accident or a severe congenital (present from birth) defect.
NHS dentistry is available in some cases but requires assessment from your dentist and you must meet requirements before receiving treatment. There are some costs involved although these are significantly lower than that of a private dental practice.
Which dental treatments are available on the NHS?
The NHS will provide any dental treatment that your dentist believes necessary for you to protect and maintain your oral health. Any treatment that will keep your teeth and gums healthy and pain free can be undertaken on the NHS – but only if your dentist is of the opinion that it is clinically necessary.
NHS dental treatment can include:
However, dental implants and orthodontic treatments are only provided if there’s a proven medical need for the treatment.
Can I get cosmetic dentistry on the NHS?
Cosmetic dentistry covers things like teeth whitening, veneers and straightening of the teeth. Because these are not clinically necessary treatment, NHS dental treatment does not include cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic treatments are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and are therefore only available privately.
Can I get bridge work on the NHS?
Dental bridges are fixed in the mouth and are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are usually made from porcelain and connect three or more crowns to fill the space. You can brush and floss a dental bridge like your other natural teeth, but it cannot be removed.
Dental bridges are different to dentures as dentures can be removed, whereas a dental bridge is fixed in your mouth. A bridge is made by taking an impression of the surrounding teeth, which then support the bridge when it is fitted.
What are the criteria for dental implants on the NHS?
The NHS will only be able to provide clinically necessary treatment that a dentist thinks you require to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free from pain. A clinical assessment will be made to help decide which treatment you should have on the NHS and why. This will all go into a treatment plan that you will have access to throughout your NHS dental treatment.
Your dentist should talk through which treatments you’ll be able to have on the NHS and the costs of these, so you can prepare adequately. Take time to ask for more detail if you need it.
What to expect from an NHS dentist?
An NHS dentist will first give you a check-up and work out dental treatments you require. It is important to note that this forms the first part of each ‘course’ of NHS treatment and is included in the Band 1 charge. See the chart below for details of each band and what the costs cover.
Your dentist will:
- Assess your current oral health – including your gums and tongue
- Check for any risk of future oral disease or need for extra treatments
- Advise you on the care and treatment you need to achieve the best possible oral health
How much does NHS dental treatment cost?
NHS dentistry is not completely free. You pay a contribution towards your treatment and this will fall under one of the following:
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*but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
This information is taken from Understanding NHS dental charges and is correct as of October 2018.
For Band 2 or Band 3 dental treatment, your dentist will provide a personal dental treatment plan outlining all the treatments you will receive and their costs. These are not usually provided for Band 1 but can be requested.
Your NHS dentist has the right to terminate your treatment if you miss multiple appointments without letting them know. They cannot charge you for not turning up, but NHS England can ask you to find another dental practice if you continue to miss appointments.
Where can I get affordable dental implants in the UK?
Dental implants can be expensive. At DentalCarePlus we are proud to offer high-quality care and materials at 40% less than the UK average price, without compromising on the quality of treatment.
Our friendly and knowledgeable treatment coordinators are available to provide clear information about the cost of dental implants and the various treatment options available. Or, for an email estimate, complete our online estimate form, it only takes a couple of minutes.
Please note that the cost of a dental implant or other treatment we offer can only accurately be given after a full clinical assessment. For a full breakdown of Dental Care Plus’s costs, visit our costs page.
Dental Care Plus is registered with The Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Dental Council (GDC). We constantly adhere to the highest of regulations and have access to the latest information regarding dental implant procedures.