The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. You will only be asked to pay one change for one complete course of treatment born out of a scheduled examination, even if you need to visit the dentist more then once to finish it - either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. If you have to be refered to another dentist for another, seperate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments, including having stiches removed or repair to a denture (if they can be mended) is free. Emergency treatment or assesment can also be a seperate course of treatment to that born out of a scheduled Examination.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive:
NHS Dental Charges from 1 April 2018
Band 1 course of treatment - £22.70
This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, scale and polish if needed, and application of floride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will need to pay one band 1 charge.
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 dentists 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.
Who is entitled to free dental care ?
You will be asked to show your dentist written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay.
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 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 also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts, you are receiving:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (within entitlement)
- Pension Credit guarantee credit
- Universal Credit
- 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
If your name is on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your treatment. Checks are made on free and reduced cost treatment claims. If you say you have the right to free treatment when you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.
You will not 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.
Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.