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Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care.
For information about help with dental charges, including how to claim a refund, see the NHS information on help with health costs.
Emergency dental treatment – £22.70 This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
Band 1 course of treatment – £22.70 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 – £62.10 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 – £269.30 This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
For information about help with dental charges, including how to claim a refund, see NHS. UK on help with health costs.
A course of treatment is completed when the treatment listed in your treatment plan has been provided in full.
If you have completed one course of treatment but you need another treatment, you do not have to pay again if:
- you need more treatment within the same or a lower charge band (such as another filling) within 2 months of completing a course of treatment
- you need repair work or a replacement for crowns, bridges or dentures within a year of the original work being done – you should return to the same dentist, but certain conditions apply, which your dentist should discuss with you
You do not have to pay a dental charge if:
- you are having stitches removed
- your dentist has to stop bleeding from your mouth
- your dentures need repair
- However, if it is not possible to repair your dentures and you need new ones then you’ll have to pay for these.
You may also be exempt from NHS dental charges depending on your individual circumstances.The NHS Business Services Authority has an online tool that helps you check to see if you are exempt from NHS charges.
The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but are not clinically necessary. You can opt to have this done privately.
If you’re referred by your dentist for specialist NHS dental work as part of an existing course of treatment, you should only pay one charge.
However, if you are referred to another NHS dentist, such as for a full course of treatment under sedation, then this is generally regarded as a separate course of treatment and you will have to pay a second charge. The amount you need to pay will depend on the treatment you need.
Dental practices have different procedures. Following an assessment of your treatment needs, some dental practices may ask for the whole payment for your treatment up front, some will ask you to pay after it has all been completed and others may ask you to pay in stages. Check with your surgery when you go for your initial check-up.
You should not be asked to pay anything before an assessment of your treatment needs has been carried out.
Be aware that being repeatedly late for your treatment sessions or failure to attend appointments may result in the early termination of the course of treatment. You may also be at risk of being a patient at the practice. Please register for email reminders and cancel 48 hours in advance.
We offer a full range of treatment choices to create beautiful, natural smiles.
You are able to mix NHS and private treatments at any time and we will ensure that you are aware of your treatment alternatives and costs at all times.