Dentist In Basildon – Frequently Asked Questions.
1. How do I find a dentist in basildon?
To find a dentist in basildon, fill out the form above for a FREE CONSULTATION.
2. How do I know if I am registered with a dentist in basildon?
Since 1st April 2006 patients are no longer required to be registered with a particular dentist in basildon. Patients can continue to keep seeing their usual dentist, who can choose to maintain a list of regular patients to whom they provide regular or ongoing treatment or care.
3. How do I access a dentist in basildon?
You can use our FREE CONSULTATION FORM to look for a dentist in basildon. You can then contact the practice to see if they can make an appointment for you or include you on their patient list.
4. What am I entitled to when I am treated by a NHS dentist in basildon?
When you are treated by an NHS Dentist in basildon you are entitled to:
- A written estimate and treatment plan that details NHS treatment and any private treatment you have agreed
- A practice information leaflet
- All treatment necessary to secure and maintain oral health
- Advice and, where necessary, treatment in an emergency
- A national set of charges
- A maximum charge per course of treatment
- Free or reduced cost treatment for some groups of patients
- For some patients, an examination and sometimes care provided at home
- Access to a formal complaints procedure
- Private treatment that is alternative to, or in addition to, NHS treatment.
5. Can I register for NHS or private care dentist in basildon?
At the outset any dentist in basildon will agree with you whether your treatment will be under the NHS, or private, or a mixture of both. If you are not sure at any time, do not hesitate to ask the dentist or receptionist.
6. Will I have to pay for treatment?
If you fall into any of these categories you will not need to pay for your NHS dental treatment in basildon:
- You are under 18, or are a full-time student under 19.
- You are expecting a baby when treatment starts, or you have had a baby in the last 12 months.
- You or your partner are receiving Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.
- You are named on a Tax Credit NHS Exemption Certificate
- You are named on an NHS HC2 certificate for full help with health costs.
7. What if I am not entitled to free treatment?
Before treatment begins, any dentist in basildon will discuss the procedures that are required and the probable cost, based on the new dental charging system. The dentist must give you a written treatment plan and confirmation of the cost of the treatment if:
- You ask for one at any time
- You are seeing that dentist for the first time
- You are considering having all or part of your treatment carried out privately
- You are having a relatively long or complicated course of treatment
When you pay for your treatment you will be given a receipt. A reliable dentist in basildon will discuss methods of payment with you. The dentist is entitled to ask you to pay before you receive your treatment.
Since 1 April 2006, you will not have been charged for missed appointments – but if you continue to miss appointments they may decide not to offer you treatment in the future. A dentist may also terminate a course of treatment if the patient is violent or refuses to pay any charge due.
8.How much does NHS dental treatment cost?
Since 1st April 2006 NHS dental treatment costs have been organised under a simplified system which groups treatments under one of three price bands. The following list, which applies to Wales, includes examples of how current price bands (which remain unchanged since 2006) relate to some common dental treatments, procedures and services;
Band 1 = £12
Basic scale and polish* (please see details below)
Examination, case assessment and report.
Advice, diagnosis and treatment planning.
X-rays and reports.
Instruction in the prevention of dental and oral disease including dietary advice and dental hygiene instruction.
Marginal correction of fillings.
Adjustments to and easing of dentures or orthodontic appliances.
*The price of scale and polishing treatments can vary depending on what exactly is being carried out, therefore ask your dental hygienist how much the treatment will cost beforehand. Treatment on the NHS should cost £12 for basic treatment, or £39 for more advanced treatment.
Band 2 = £39
Advanced scale and polish.* (please see details above)
Extraction of teeth.
Transplantation of teeth.
Oral surgery including surgical removal of cyst, buried root, unerupted tooth, impacted tooth.
Band 3 = £177
Crowns including any pin or post aids to retention.
Bridges including any pin or post aids to retention.
Full or partial dentures.
Orthodontic treatment and appliances.
Other custom made appliances excluding sports guards.
Charges will be for a course of treatment, so, for example, if three fillings are required, you will still only pay the one treatment charge.
If you need more treatment within the same charge band, for example an additional filling, within two months of completing a course of treatment, you should not have to pay anything extra. This does not apply to any emergency treatment you might need, which will normally be charged separately.
9. What do I do if I need emergency treatment?
You should try arranging an appointment with a dentist. To find a dentist in your area, fill the form to receive a FREE consultation from a dentist in basildon.