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NHS Dental Charges

How to get help with dental costs

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 the treatment.

The NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS) may provide partial help with the cost of your dental care for those who dont qualify for full help but still have a low income.

Who is entitled to free dental care?

If one or more of the criteria listed below applied to you when your treatment starts, you'll be entitled to free NHS dental care. You are entitled if you are:

  1. Aged under 18, or under 19 in qualifying full-time education.
  2. Pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months.
  3. Staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist.
  4. An NHS hospital service outpatient- but 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 Jobseekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarentee Credit
  • Universal Credit and meet the criteria

If you're entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate- if you dont 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 an income for tax credit purposes of £15, 276 or less
  • a valid HC2 certificate

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

You won't be exempt from paying because you receive Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit Savings Credit, when paid on their own.

Dental charges explained:

  • Band 1 course of treatment- £22.70 

This coveres examinations, diagnosis (including radiographs) , advice on how to prevent future problems, scale and polish if clinically necessary and preventative care (for example, applications of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant).

  • Urgent dental treatment- £22.70

This band covers emergency care, such as pain relief or a temportary filling, in a primary care dental practice.

  • Band 2 course of treatment- £62.10

This covers everything listed in Band 1, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work, or if your dentist needs to remove one or more of your teeth.

  • Band 3 course of treatment- £269.30

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2, plus crowns, dentures, bridges, and other laboratory work.