You are: home > nhs dental treatment

NHS Dental Treatment

 

Through our partnership with NHS England we will provide any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. Decisions about which treatment is appropriate for you will be based upon a clinical assessment and clinical judgement. Your dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate.  Your dentist will make it clear to you which treatments can be provided under the NHS and which can only be provided on a private basis so you can make an informed choice. Where alternative private options have been considered then your treatment plan should detail these options. You'll be asked to sign the plan and you'll be given a copy to keep.

Understanding NHS dental charges

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The NHS tells us how much we must charge you for NHS dental care, and the amount you pay depends on the treatments you need.

Charges from 1 April 2018


• Band 1 course of treatment – £21.60
This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale & polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.

• Band 2 course of treatment – £59.10

This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as (but not limited to) fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.

• Band 3 course of treatment – £256.50

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

• Emergency dental treatment - £21.60

 

Exemptions from NHS Dental Charges

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 have had a baby in the previous 12 months

You do not have to pay if, during the course of treatment, you or your partner, receive:
Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Pension Credit guarantee credit
Universal Credit and meet the criteria
or
you are named on or entitled to a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

you are named on a valid HC2 certificate


Partial help
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 have the right to free treatment when you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.

Note
You will not be exempt from paying because you receive: Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit savings credit, when paid on their own.
Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.

You will be asked to show written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay.