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NHS Dental Services

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The cost of going to see an NHS dentist may be less than you think. In fact, you may not even have to pay at all.

You can get free NHS dental treatment (including check-ups, fillings, extractions and provision of dentures) if any one of the following applies. You are:

  • in receipt of income-related employment and support allowance, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, pension credit guarantee credit or universal credit (including partners);
  • aged under 18;
  • aged under 19 and in full-time education;
  • living in Wales and are aged under 25 or over 60 (free examination only);
  • living in Scotland (free examination only);
  • getting child tax credit or working tax credit and are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
  • receiving a war/service pension and the treatment is for your accepted disablement;
  • an NHS in-patient and the treatment is carried out by a hospital dentist;
  • pregnant or have had a baby during the last twelve months;
  • an outpatient of an NHS Hospital Dental Service (but there may be a charge for dentures and bridges).

If none of the above applies, you may still qualify for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

 

If you do not qualify for free NHS dental treatment, the charge you pay for dental work will depend on the treatment you need to keep your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.

Dental Charges (from 1 April 2016)

Band 1: £19.70 includes an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.

Band 2: £53.90 includes all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings,root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).

Band 3: £233.70 includes all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Remember that maintaining good oral health and having regular checkups may help reduce the need for future dental treatments!

For further information, read the patient leaflet

Dentists in Eastern Cheshire

There are 42 NHS dental practices across the Eastern Cheshire area and Community Dental Clinics run by the Community Business Unit which is part of East Cheshire NHS Trust.

There are also practices that offer specialist orthodontic treatment, minor oral surgery, and treatment with sedation on the NHS.

Details of all dental practices can also be found at NHS Choices

Emergency Dental Services

There is also an Emergency Dental Service run by Revive Dental Care available at:

Dental Access Centre, Weston Dental, Earlsway, Macclesfield, SK11 8SR
Call 0161 476 9651 

If you are experiencing severe pain (which is not controlled by regular pain relief taken for 48 hours), uncontrolled bleeding,  large swelling, dental trauma or any other condition that is causing you to feel acutely unwell please call the dental helpline on 0161 476 9651 for assistance or advice.

The emergency dental service is no longer a 'drop in / sit and wait' service. Patients must ring the number above before attending the emergency clinic. Patients will be triaged and given an appointment time to attend this clinic.

Click here for more details

New community and urgent dental care services

On 1 April 2015, a range of new community and urgent dental care services were made available for all residents of Eastern Cheshire. For details of services and providers, view our Community dental services and urgent dental care services document, which can be found under downloads on the right hand side of this page.