NHS Dental Treatment


The information below is a comprehensive guide about NHS dental services at our practice. Click on any of the questions below and you will be redirected to the answer.




























What happens pre-registration?


  • We will ask you for some personal information such as your name and address
  • Arrange for you to have a registration dental appointment
  • Provide you with a medical history form which needs to be completed and brought with you when attending your registration appointment.
  • Offer you information about our dental practice and the services it provides.
  • You can ask to register your child at the same time.
  • Try to register your child soon after they are born, or as soon as their first tooth appears




Your dentist will:


  • Ask about any health problems you have had
  • Examine your mouth, teeth and gums
  • Tell you how to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy, and
  • Tell you if you need treatment.
  • If you need treatment, your dentist will:
  • Explain your options, including what treatments can be done on the NHS
  • Let you know how much the treatment may cost
  • Give you a treatment plan setting out the treatment you need (see below for more information on treatment plans), and
  • Tell you when you need to come back for another check-up or more treatment.
  • Once you are registered, you can stay with the same dentist for as long as you wish.




What is a treatment plan?


A treatment plan is a document that sets out:


  • Any dental treatment you need, and roughly how much it may cost.
  • We will give you a treatment plan at your first check-up and at other times when you need one.
  • You can ask for a treatment plan any time you are having treatment. You can take a copy away.




What treatment can I get as an NHS patient?


As a registered NHS patient, you can get all the care, advice and treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.


If you want any cosmetic work, you will need to pay for it privately. Some treatments are not available under the NHS, for example:


  • Teeth whitening
  • White fillings in back teeth
  • White crowns on back teeth
  • Dental implants.


As a mixed practice we provide both NHS treatment and private treatment.  If you choose to get private treatment, your dentist will:


  • Tell you how much any private treatment will cost
  • Explain your treatment options (including what you can have done on the NHS), and
  • Get your agreement to any treatment.




Will I have to pay for NHS treatment?


A NHS dental examination in Scotland is free of charge for everyone.

Following a dental examination, the dentist will advise you on any treatment you require and the likely cost. We will also provide an itemised treatment plan, if requested.

NHS patients, who pay for their treatment, pay 80% of the treatment costs (including any x-rays), up to a maximum of £384.

Examples of costs for some types of NHS treatment are shown in the table below.


























For a more comprehensive list of NHS Dental Charges, please contact the practice and we can email you the NHS Dental Charges price list.

A dentist can charge a patient if they fail to attend for an appointment without giving due notice.




Who gets free treatment on the NHS?


NHS treatment is free for:


  • Everyone aged under 18;
  • Those aged under 18 in full-time education;
  • Pregnant and nursing mothers, until the baby is 12 months old;
  • hose with certificated exemption from payment due to:
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit guarantee Credit
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income-based job Seekers Allowance
  • Valid NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate
  • Valid HC2, HC3 form

Please take evidence of any exemption with you to the dentist.

If your exemption from payment changes during a course of treatment please advise the dentist.




What is Prior Approval?


Your dentist may inform you that they have to apply for prior approval before your treatment can be started. Dentists are required to seek approval from NHS Scotland, for certain treatments and treatments of high value This process may take a little time and delay your treatment slightly. Are all treatments available on the NHS?


Not all treatments are available on the NHS. Cosmetic treatments are not available, for example, ‘white fillings’ on back teeth or a tooth coloured crown on a back tooth.

Your dentist will be able to explain what treatment is and is not allowed on the NHS.




What if I need dental care in an emergency?



  • You do not necessarily have to be registered with us to receive emergency treatment, however, the treatment may be provided on a private basis.
  • During opening hours, contact us as early in the day as possible.
  • Outside opening hours, call the practice and an answer-phone message will let you know how to get advice or treatment.




What can I expect from my dentist?


Your dentist will:


  • If you are registered, provide any NHS dental treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy
  • Explain your treatment options and let you know what treatment can be done under the NHS
  • Make sure you know how much your treatment may cost
  • Let you know about any changes to your treatment, and ask for your agreement to any treatment.




What does the practice expect from me?


You should:

  • Attend for treatment as often as your dentist recommends
  • Let us know as soon as possible if you can't attend an appointment - we can charge a fee if you cancel with less than 24 hour notice or don't turn up for an appointment.  If you regularly miss appointments, we can end your registration
  • Let us know when any of your personal information changes, for example, if you move house
  • Pay for your treatment when asked - we can refuse to treat you if you haven't paid for previous treatment and can end your registration
  • Treat dental staff with respect - if you are abusive, violent or threaten a member of staff or another patient at your dental practice, we can refuse to treat you and can end your registration immediately
  • Follow advice on how to look after your mouth, teeth and gums
  • Follow advice on how to look after your child's mouth, teeth and gums (visit the Childsmile website at www.child-smile.org for more information about this)
  • Let us know about any changes to your general health or to any medicine you are taking, and
  • Ask if you don't understand something.




What if I'm unhappy with my dental care?


  • If you are unhappy with your dental care, speak to your dentist or a member of staff at the dental practice.
  • If you are still unhappy, you can make a complaint. We will tell you how to do this.




How to find out more?


For more information about our services:

  • ask the staff at your dental practice


(This information is available on the Scottish Government website www.scotland.gov.uk.  The information was obtained from a leaflet that was produced by the Scottish Government Health Directorates, with the help of Health Rights Information Scotland, a project of Consumer Focus Scotland. It is produced in association with the British Dental Association).


What is a treatment plan?

What happens pre-registration?

What treatment can I get as an NHS patient?

Will I have to pay for NHS treatment?

Who gets free treatment on the NHS?

What is Prior Approval?

What if I need dental care in an emergency?

What can I expect from my dentist?

What does the practice expect from me?

What if I'm unhappy with my dental care?

How to find out more?

Single crown

Simple extraction

Complete dentures (upper and lower)




Simple gum treatment (scale & polish)

Small amalgam (silver) filling

Large amalgam (silver) filling

Root canal treatment (front tooth)









Two Small X-rays



Here at AB25 Dentistry we provide a thorough and complete service. We emphasise on prevention as well as personalised attention and take great pride in the level of professionalism that we offer.


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