NHS

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, the amount you spend will depend on what clinical treatment you need.

Some people do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment – see Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?

NHS dental charges from 1 April 2019

The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth,
gums and teeth 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: £22.70 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: £62.10 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: £269.30
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.

What if I need more treatment?

If, within two months of completing a course of treatment, you need more treatment from the same charge band or a lower one – such as another filling – you don’t have to pay anything extra.
However, after two months of completing a course of treatment, you will have to pay the NHS charge Band (listed above) for any dental treatment received.

Emergency or urgent treatment

If you require urgent care, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge of £20.60. Most urgent treatments can be done in one appointment. However, if more than one visit is required and you return to the same dentist to complete your urgent treatment, the Band 1 urgent charge is all that you should pay.

Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant Band charge will apply.

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