Understanding NHS Dental Charges

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. The standard NHS charges, as set by the NHS usually increase slightly every April.

The following information explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

  • Emergency dental treatment – £20.60 This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

  • Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60 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 course of treatment – £56.30 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 course of treatment – £244.30 This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.


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