The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. You will 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 – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:
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.
*Only available if clinically necessary
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.
Free NHS dental treatment or help with health costs
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:
- Aged under 18.
- Under 19 and receiving full-time education.
- Pregnant or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months.
- Staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist.
- An NHS Hospital Dental Service out patient (however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges).
You also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts, or when you are asked to pay:
- you are included in an award (as a claimant, partner or dependent person under 20) of Income Support.
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.
- Pension Credit guarantee credit.
- Universal credit and for the last assessment period there were no earnings or earnings within the allowed limit or
- You are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
- You are named on a valid HC2 certificate.
Proof of your entitlement
You'll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you're entitled to help with dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.
You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:
- Incapacity Benefit.
- Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance.
- Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance.
- Disability Living Allowance.
- Council Tax Benefit.
- Housing Benefit.
- Pension Credit savings credit.