NHS Dental Charges from 1st April 2024

Dentistry is one of the NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your dental care unless you are eligible for free care under an exemption from payment. The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. You will be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment- either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make you teeth more attractive, but are not clinically necessary. If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment your receive:

Band Treatment Includes Cost
Band 1 This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care you will need to pay a Band 1 charge. £26.80
Band 2 This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth. £73.50
Band 3 This covers everything listed in Bands 1 & 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges. £319.10
Emergency dental treatment This covers emergency dental care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling £26.80