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NHS SERVICES

NHS dental charges depend on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums 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.

If you are referred to another dentist for another, separate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments are free.

If one or more of the criteria listed below applies to you when your treatment starts, you will be entitled to free NHS dental care.

You are entitled if you are:

  • aged under 18, or under 19 and in qualifying full-time education

  • pregnant or have 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 outpatient – however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges

You are also entitled if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you're under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:

  • Income Support

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria

If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate – if you don't have a certificate, you can show your award notice; you qualify if you get Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits with a disability element (or both) and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less

  • a valid HC2 certificate

There are 3 NHS charge Bands

  • Band 1  £20.60 on 01.04.17.  This covers n examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary x-rays, scale and polish and planning for further treatment.

  • Band 2  £56.30 on 01.04.17. This covers all in band 1 and fillings, root canal and extractions.

  • Band 3  £244.30 on 01.04.17. This covers all in band 1 and 2 and complex procedures such as crowns, dentures and bridges

  • Urgent Treatment is the same charge as for a Band 1 course of treatment.