NHS Dentist

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

Emergency Dental Treatment
£25.80

This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1
£25.80

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

Band 2
£70.70

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

Band 3
£306.80

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

Free NHS Dental Treatment or Help With Health Costs

  • Under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • Being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
  • Receiving low income benefits, or you’re under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefit
  • Low income benefits
  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    Pension Credit
  • Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances)
  • Certificates to help with health costs
  • A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  •  valid HC2 certificate– which is available for people on a low income
  • People named on a HC3 NHS certificate may be entitled to subsidised NHS treatment