You’re entitled to any treatment which you need to maintain your dental health. The dentist will give you a treatment plan after your check-up, which will show you what you need and the cost. There are three standard charges for a course of NHS dental treatment, depending on the treatment needed. Some things, such as denture repairs, are free.
Band 1 – £20.60
This covers an examination, X-Rays, advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed and application of fluoride varnish.
Band 2 – £56.30
This is everything listed in Band 1, plus any further treatment such as fillings or extractions of one or more teeth.
Band 3 – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2, plus crowns, bridges and dentures. This is the maximum amount you will pay on NHS Treatment.
These are the only dental charges we will ask you to pay when you are having NHS treatment.
So, for example, an examination, diagnosis, and preventive advice will cost £20.60; an examination, diagnosis, preventive advice and one or more fillings will cost £56.30; and an examination, diagnosis, preventive advice, one or more fillings and one or more crowns will cost £244.30.
Urgent treatment is when you need to see a dentist immediately this also costs £20.60. We may offer to do part of the work on your treatment plan or additional treatment privately if it is not available on the NHS.
Your dentist will explain which treatments are not available on the NHS. Some treatment is not available on the NHS and can only be done privately, for example white filling in back teeth, cosmetic treatments and orthodontics.
Who Can Get Free NHS Dental Treatment?
You can get free dental treatment (including check-ups) if you:
- Are under 18
- Are under 19 and in full-time education
- Are pregnant
- Have given birth in the last twelve months
- Receive income support
- Income based jobseeker’s allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance or the guarantee credit part of pension credit.
- Also, some people on a low income, including some people getting tax credits can get free NHS dental treatments or treatment at a reduced cost.