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NHS Dental Care

Unfortunately we are currently unable to accept any new NHS patients.


The NHS will provide any clinically necessary treatment needed to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. Decisions about which treatment is appropriate will be based on a clinical assessment and clinical judgement. 

NHS dental treatment does not include cosmetic treatments that are not clinically necessary, such as teeth whitening, or white crowns on posterior teeth. Cosmetic treatments like this are used to improve the appearance of your teeth and make them look more attractive, and are only available privately.

If you're interested in having any cosmetic dental treatments, you should ask your dentist how much private treatment will cost. Charges for any private treatment will be added to the charges for your NHS treatment.

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 such as pain relief or a temporary filling. Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant NHS banding charge will apply.

  • Band 1 course of treatment – £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 course of treatment – £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 course of treatment – £306.80
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

  • under 18 

  • under 19 and in full-time education

  • pregnant or you’ve had a baby within the 12 months before treatment starts

  • staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment

  • an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)


You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts:

  • you are included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support AllowancePension Credit Guarantee credit or Universal credit (subject to any earning in the last assessment period) 

  • you are named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

  • you are named on a valid HC2 certificate 


If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme.


If you receive any of the following benefits you will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment: (unless you also fall under one of the categories listed above)

  • 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

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