NHS Dental Charges

From 1st April 2019

When you receive treatment from your dentist on the NHS, you will be asked to pay a charge for the course of treatment you receive, unless you are exempt from paying.  There are three separate rates that you can be charged, depending on what treatment is needed. However you should only pay one of the charges listed below for each course of treatment, even if it takes more than one appointment to complete it.

Band 1 course of treatment – £22.70

Band 1 course of treatment includes examination, diagnosis (including x-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care (e.g. applications of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant). This band also covers emergency care in a primary care dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filing).

Band 2 course of treatment – £62.10

This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or extractions.

Band 3 course of treatment – £269.30

This covers everything in bands 1 & 2, plus course of treatment including crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.


Emergency Care and Out of Hours Care - £22.70

This covers any pain relief treatment provided in an URGENT appointment provided by an NHS dentist.

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

  • Children under 18 years of age 
  • Young people under the age of 19 still in full time education
  • Women who are pregnant or have a child under 12 months of age
  • If you are an NHS inpatient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital  dentist 
  • Those receiving Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Those receiving Income Support
  • Those receiving Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • If you are receiving Pension Credit Guarantee Credit,
  • If  you are named on, or entitled to an NHS Working Tax Credit exemption certificate
  • If you are named on a valid HC2 certificate.
  • If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may be eligible for partial help with dental costs.

You will be required to confirm your exemption by signing a form and showing the dentist written proof of your entitlement. If you tell the dentist you are exempt, but are not entitled to free treatment then you may incur a penalty charge as checks are made on all claims for free treatment. 

There is no charge for the dentist to remove stitches or repair a denture which was made on the NHS.

Any treatment that your dentist decides is clinically necessary to keep your mouth healthy should be available under the NHS.

Sometimes your dentist may need to refer you to another dentist for a specific treatment and this may incur a second charge.

For advice on help with health costs call 0845 850 1166 or see 'help with health costs' (HC11), available from Jobcentre Plus offices, NHS dentists or from:  www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk