Dental care prices under the National Health Service (NHS) rose in April, along with a 2.4 percent increase in NHS prescriptions in the same month. For band one treatment, the lowest price became more expensive by 90 pence, while band three treatment costs rose by £10.60.
On the other hand, those looking to buy prescription medicine will need to pay at least £8.60 before they can get one.
Patients can save money by asking the difference in dental costs between private and NHS services, like dental implants in Hertfordshire, teeth whitening in Gainsborough or other areas outside Greater London, for example.
While dentists are obliged to disclose this information to their patients, we should take the initiative in finding out just how much it will cost us to obtain necessary and routine treatment.
Most parents are also unaware that patients under 19 years old can enjoy free treatment, depending on certain conditions and their place of residence. Those who are pregnant are also entitled to free treatment under the same rules.
In Wales, for instance, dental check-ups are free for patients under 25 years old or over 60.
The cheapest charge band under NHS England amounts to £20.60, which includes dental examination, diagnosis and advice. The next band will require you to pay more than double, as £56.30 covers all treatment under the first band plus fillings, root canal treatment and removal of extractions.
For £244.30, patients can already be eligible for all treatment under the first two bands aside from crowns, dentures and bridges.
You do not have to pay more than you should to have access to quality dental healthcare. As a patient, however, it is your responsibility to find the best type of package that will suit your needs and budget.