NHS dentists, or general dental practitioners as they are also known, provide local dental services on behalf of the NHS for patients who are registered at their surgery.
In the past few years there has been a big shift towards private dental care but you can still find dentists taking on NHS patients, or a mixture of both NHS dental care and private dental care at dental practices. You can find a NHS dentist in your locality by using the extensive listings directory on this site, which contains contact details for NHS registered dentists in the UK.
NHS dentists offer all the dental treatments that are necessary to secure and maintain your oral health. On 1 April 2006, major changes were introduced to NHS dentistry – the first reforms since its inception in 1948.
These changes have benefited NHS patients by improving access to NHS dental services and by replacing the old charging system with a simpler price-band version.
With effect from 1st April 2007, there are now three standard charges for NHS dental treatments, with the maximum charge for a complex course of treatment being £194 which includes all basic dental treatments in addition to advanced dental work such as crowns, dentures and bridges. However, most courses of dental treatments, such as check-ups, x-rays, urgent dentistry treatment and teeth polishing cost £15.90, or £43.60 for further dentistry treatment, such as fillings and root canal work. You can still receive free NHS dental treatment if you meet the exemption criteria.