The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3.
Band 1 course of treatment – £19.70
This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.
Band 2 course of treatment – £53.90
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment – £233.70
This covers everything listed in Band 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
Band 4 course of treatment – £19.70
This covers emergencies only where an urgent treatment is required.
How does it work
- You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:
- Aged under 18
- Under 19 and receiving full-time education
- Pregnant or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months
- Staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
- An NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges).
- You also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts, or when you are asked to pay:
You are included in an award of:
- Income support
- Income-related Employment and Support allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit guarantee credit
- You are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- You are named on a valid HC2 certificate
Proof for treatement
You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment.
You will be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay.
If your name is on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your treatment. Checks are made on free and reduced cost treatment claims. If you say you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.
What treatments should I expect to be provided under the NHS?
You will be able to have all treatment provided under the NHS that your dentist feels is clinically necessary in order to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. If your dentists says that you need a particular type of treatment, you should not be asked to pay for it privately.
If you are moving to live in another area of the country soon, you may want to wait until you arrive in the new area before starting treatment. If you are unable to complete a course of treatment that has already been started before you move, speak to your dentist.
For more information please consult your dentist or NHS dental webpage