NHS Treatment Charges
If you pay for NHS dental treatment, the amount it costs will depend on what treatment you need. Some people don't pay for treatment and we've put a handy list of exemptions further down this page. The cost of NHS Treatment is set on 1st April each year by the NHS.
How it works: When you first join the practice, you'll need to book in for your examination/check-up. This is Band 1 and if you pay for treatment will cost £20.60. If you are prescribed further treatment, you don't pay the £20.60 again, you only need to pay the difference between what you've already paid, and the Band 2 or Band 3 charge, depending on the type of treatment you need.
Band 1: £21.60
This covers an examination (check-up), diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
Band 2: £59.10
This covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
Band 3: £256.50
This covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.
Some people don't pay for their NHS treatment. Please let us know which exemption, if any, you receive when you arrive for your appointment, you'll also be asked to sign to confirm your exemption in the surgery. Please be careful to tell us the correct exemption though, as patients who choose an incorrect exemption may be liable for a fine levied by the NHS.
You don't have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:
- under 18
- under 19 and in full-time education
- pregnant or you've had a baby within the 12 months before treatment starts
- staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment
- an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)
You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you're asked to pay:
- you're included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit or Universal credit (check entitlement after 31 October 2015)
- you're named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- you're named on a valid HC2 certificate
If you're named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme.
If you receive any of the following benefits you will need to pay for NHS dental treatment unless you also fall under one of the categories listed above:
- Incapacity Benefit
- contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance
- Council Tax Benefit
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit savings credit