We believe that maintaining a pain free and healthy mouth is vital as part of an ongoing commitment to a general healthy lifestyle. The NHS provides a good quality basic service to enable you to do this however it is important to note that a there are many differences between NHS dentistry and what is available privately.
It is also important to realise that there are many more treatments to choose from privately and also be aware that the NHS is not a cosmetic service and only provides dental procedures enabling maintenance of good oral health. Your dentist would be happy to answer any questions you might have in order for you to make a clear and informed choice on what treatment types you prefer.
Dentistry is one of very few NHS services you have to pay a contribution towards. The section below explains the current NHS charges. All the treatment that your dentist believes is necessary to achieve and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means that the NHS provides any treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain.
Depending on what you need to have done, you should 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. You will not be charged for individual items within the course of treatment.
There are three standard charges for all NHS dental treatments:
- Emergency dental treatment – £21.60
- Band 1 course of treatment – £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 course of treatment – £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 course of treatment – £269.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
See the link below for a list of dental treatments in each band and more detailed information on NHS dentistry generally.If your dentist says you need a particular type of treatment, you should not be asked to pay for it privately. Find out more about what’s available on the NHS.
You may get free NHS dental treatment if you meet certain criteria. For more information, read about help with dental costs.
We would be grateful if you would note that repeatedly arriving late for your treatment sessions or failure to attend appointments may result in early termination of the course of treatment.