NHS dental care
NHS dental care is designed for everyone. You can expect excellent dental care to stabilise and maintain your oral health.
Your dentist will give you a treatment plan after your dental health assessment, which will show you what dental treatment you require, and the costs involved. There are three standard charges for a course of NHS dental treatment, depending on the treatment needed.
Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The charges are divided in three standard price bands:
Band 1 – Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60. This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
(Emergency Treatment also falls under Band 1).
Band 2 – Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30. This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
Band 3 – Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30. This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
Some people, such as children younger than 18 and pregnant women, are exempt from any charge at all. Ask our staff for more information, or visit NHS choices website.
Some treatments such as dental implants, white ﬁllings in back teeth and aesthetic dentistry are not available on the NHS and can only be carried out privately. Your dentist will be able to explain which treatments are not available on the NHS.
You are entitled to receive free NHS dental care if:
- You are under 18
- You are under 19 and in full time education
- You are pregnant
- You have given birth in the last twelve months
- You are receiving Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance or the guarantee credit part of Pension Credit