Dental Band Charges

Hi All

I recently chipped a tooth badly & as it’s already heavily filled, my dentist recommended a crown which is Band 3 £306.80

The night before my treatment another tooth chipped (yeah that’s just my luck at the moment) 

At the appointment to prep the tooth for a crown I told the dentist about the other tooth, & as she had time, she completed a filling.  

Afterwards I was charged £70.70. 

At my final appointment to fit the crown should I therefore pay the difference of £236.10 or the full Band 3 amount? 

Looking online it says all treatments within 2 months are covered but it’s not entirely clear what happens when it’s a higher band. 

Thanks for your help


  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,067
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    I've not had anything to do with working under this NHS system - but as I understand it, that is exactly how it works. You'll just pay the difference when crown is done.

    Brook2Jack is better on NHS charges than me - hopefully she should see this and confirm.
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  • As the course of treatment was already open and had not been completed you will pay , in total, the band three charge of £306.80, so you just owe the balance now. 

    The two month rule is different , if your dentist had finished your treatment and within two months you needed more treatment at the same or a lower band ,that was not due to trauma or an emergency, then you would not pay again. 
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