Five per cent hike in dental charges set to rise above inflation

Charges for NHS dental services in England are set to rise by five per cent on 1 April, the Government has announced so if you’ve been meaning to go to the dentist, see if you can go before then to avoid paying extra.

A standard trip to the dentist for a routine examination and possible cleaning will cost £22.70 from April. Patients will have to fork out £62.10 for fillings, while crowns and other band three treatments will cost £269.30.

Parliament, MP Steve Brine said: “The uplift continues with the aim of finding an appropriate balance between the costs paid by service users and those met by the NHS through the contributions of taxpayers.

He added “There will be no changes for those who qualify for free or reduced dental care fees, including those under 18, under 19s and in full-time education, pregnant women or those who have had a baby in the previous 12 months and those on qualifying low-income benefits remain an important contribution to the overall cost of the NHS budget.”

Here’s how NHS dental charges are changing in England (the price you pay is determined by the date of the check-up or procedure, not the date you book or pay):

Band one charges – which cover basic care including check-ups, advice and some emergency dental care, will be rising by £1.10, from £21.60 to £22.70.

Band two charges – which cover procedures such as root canals, filling and removing teeth, will be rising by £3, from £59.10 to £62.10.

Band three charges – which cover more complicated procedures such as crowns and dentures, will be rising by £12.80, from £256.50 to £269.30.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has slammed the above-inflation rise, saying it won’t mean any further investment for dentistry. Charges for complex NHS treatment have increased four times faster in England than Wales over the past five years.

David Jacobs, General Practice Partner at Milsted Langdon said: “These new dental prices are expected to have a significant effect on the service provided by practices.

“If you are unsure about how any of the changes in prices are likely to affect your practice it is important that you seek specialist advice.”

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