Your dental examination and treatments will require paying for. All private treatments are paid directly by the patient. NHS charges are either paid for by the UK government, or jointly by the patient and government.
You may be asked to pay a deposit for dental treatment and hygiene treatment.
We encourage contactless payment. Bank cards limited to £100, Android and Apple pay unlimited.
Dental implants and cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, are not available on the NHS.
Our online booking system will begin with private services (hygiene appointments, implant consultations, and emergency dental appointments).
Please note under 18s accompanying a private fee paying adult continue to have reductions for new and routine dentist examinations:
(*) Please note child private hygienist appointments (not dentist) are charged at £52 including Airflow. Adults are £69.
Further adding to the success with customers, new and routine dentist exams include all intraoral (small) X-rays, as needed.
All of our private hygienist treatments will, where COVID risk assessment allows, use EMS Airflow that is considered to be "a spar for your mouth" using warm water and gentle, non-abrasive flavoured powders. Note that the Airflow will appear on your bill as a £10 'stock' item, which is already included in the advertised appointment fee.
Our online booking facility asks for an initial (50% deposit) payment when making an appointment, plus a £1.50 non-refundable booking fee. There are no booking fees charged for appointments made by the reception team, however a 50% deposit is still required for new patient appointments.
The government increased the NHS dental charges to patients by 8.5% from 24th April 2023.
Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes xrays, a scale and polish (if clinically needed), and planning for further treatment.
Covers all treatment included in Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, treatment for severe gum disease, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
Covers all treatment included in Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Some NHS patients are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS treatment including dental - see NHS document HC11 for more information. They must have a relevant exemption that is valid on the date that the course of dental treatment is started. Any time a patient makes a declaration that they are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS dental treatment the dental practice must ask them to provide evidence. If you do not provide evidence we will not refuse treatment but you will need to sign a NHS declaration and we advise you that NHS checks are routinely undertaken to prevent and detect fraud or error.
If your are unsure whether you are entitled to free or reduced cost NHS dental services we will ask you to pay for your treatment and recommend you complete a NC5(D) refund form within three months.
If you are on Universal Credit. You may still need to pay for your NHS dental treatment. Not everyone getting Universal Credit can claim free dental care. Should you be waiting to find out about Universal Credit, the NHS recommendation is that you pay for your treatment and ask for an HC5 - you may get a refund later from the NHS. If someone isn’t eligible through Universal Credit, they might be able to get help with their health costs through the NHS Low Income Scheme.
If you claim free dental care that you're not entitled to, you could have to pay a NHS Penalty Charge Notice (currently the PCN is £100 and the cost of your treatment).
For more information on NHS charges and exemptions see:
Dr J. M. Geaney
Wedgwood House Dental Practice
Bury Street 100, Stowmarket, IP14 1HF
Our new website tells you all about our services. If you want to get in touch with us, phone us on +44 (0)1449 771 700 to make or update an appointment.
In this practice we take complaints very seriously and try to ensure that all our patients are pleased with their experience of our service. Should you have a complaint, then please FIRST write to Dr J M Geaney the practice Proprietor.