In a recent announcement, the UK government has indicated that basic dental treatments costs will increase starting the first of April. These costs will increase by 50p to reach £17.50, in addition, the costs of prescriptions will also increase by 25p to reach £7.65.
Costs increases will also include other procedures. For instance, "Band 1" treatment, which includes a checkup, diagnosis and advice, X-rays, scale, polish and treatment planning, will witness an increase in cost to £17.50. As for "Band2" treatment, which includes more complicated procedures, the costs will increase to £48 instead of £47. Band 2 procedures include root canal treatments, extractions and fillings.
Moreover, the prices of "Band 3" will be increased by £5. This band includes crowns, dentures and bridges, and the costs of this band after increase will be £209. A government spokesman commented on the increase in the costs of dental procedures. He said “Dental charges represent an important contribution to the overall cost of dental services. The exact amount raised will be dependent upon the level and type of primary care trusts and the proportion of charge-paying patients who attend dentists and the level of treatment they require.”