NHS dental charges

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there are three standard charges. The amount you pay depends on what treatment you need.

There are three NHS charge bands.
Band 1: £18.80 includes an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
Band 2: £51.30 includes all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
Band 3: £222.50 includes all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as 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, for example another filling, you don’t have to pay anything extra. However, after two months, you will have to pay an additional band charge.

Emergency treatment
If your initial treatment is classed as emergency treatment, it may not be included in any later course of treatment that you need. For emergency dental treatment (including out-of-hours treatment), you will have to pay a separate charge of £18.80

When you don’t have to pay
You don’t have to pay a dental charge:

  • for denture repairs
  • to have stitches removed
  • if your dentist has to stop blood loss
  • if your dentist only has to write out a prescription – however, if you pay for prescriptions, you’ll have to pay the usual prescription charge when you collect your medicines (from 1 April 2015, this is £8.25)
  • Personal dental treatment plan
    Your dentist should give you a personal treatment plan before you have Band 2 or 3 treatment. The plan gives details of the treatment and the amount you’ll have to pay. You’ll be asked to read and sign the plan. If you’ve discussed having private treatment with your dentist, the details and costs of this treatment will be listed separately on your treatment plan. Before having dental treatment, talk to your dentist about the benefits of treatment and any risks involved.

    Paying for treatment
    Your dentist is entitled to ask for your payment at any stage of your treatment. As payment policies vary between practices, ask your dentist about when you will have to pay.

    Referral to another dentist
    If you’re referred to another dentist to complete the treatment, you will still only pay one band charge. You will pay the full amount to the dentist who refers you. If you’re referred to a private dentist (and you accept this option) you will pay the appropriate NHS band charge to the dentist who referred you and pay a fee for the dental work carried out by the private dentist you are referred to.