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NHS prices

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

This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1 course of treatment

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.
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Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover:
  • A clinical examination, assessment and report
  • An orthodontic assessment and report
  • Advice, diagnosing and planning of your treatment
  • X-rays
  • Moulds of your teeth – for example, to see how your teeth bite together
  • Taking coloured photographs
  • Advice on preventing future problems, such as diet advice and cleaning instructions
  • Applying sealants or fluoride preparations to the surfaces of your teeth
  • A scale and polish
  • Marginal correction of fillings
  • Taking a sample of cells or tissue from your mouth to examine (pathological examination)
  • Adjusting false teeth (dentures) or orthodontic appliances, such as braces
  • Treating sensitive cementum (the tissue that covers the root of a tooth)
Urgent treatment when you need to see a dentist immediately also costs £19.70.

Band 2 course of treatment

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.
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Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover everything listed in band 1 above, plus:
  • Non-surgical treatment of periodontitis (a severe form of gum disease) – such as root planing (cleaning bacteria from the roots of your teeth) or deep scaling and a polish
  • Surgical treatment of periodontitis – such as removing some gum tissue (gingivectomy)
  • Free gingival grafts – when healthy tissue from the roof of your mouth is attached to your teeth where the root is exposed
  • Fillings
  • Sealant restorations – when sealant is used to fill a small hole and seal any grooves in your teeth
  • Root canal treatment (endodontics)
  • Pulpotomy – removing dental pulp (the soft tissue at the centre of a tooth)
  • Apicectomy – removing the tip of the root of a tooth
  • Transplanting teeth
  • Removing teeth (extraction)
  • Oral surgery – such as removing a cyst
  • Soft tissue surgery to the mouth or lips
  • Frenectomy, frenoplasty or frenotomy – surgery to the folds of tissue that connect your tongue, lips and cheeks to your jaw bone
  • Relining and rebasing dentures
  • Adding to your dentures – such as adding a clasp or a tooth
  • Splinting loose teeth – for example, after an accident or due to periodontitis; this doesn’t include laboratory-made splints
  • Bite-raising appliances (similar to a mouth guard) – for example, to correct your jaw alignment; this doesn’t include laboratory-made appliances

Band 3 dental treatment

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
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Depending on what’s necessary, this can cover everything listed in bands 1 and 2 above, plus:
  • Veneers and palatal veneers – new surfaces for the front or back of a tooth
  • Inlays, pinlays and onlays – used to restore damaged teeth
  • Crowns – a type of cap that completely covers your real tooth
  • Bridges – a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth
  • Dentures
  • Orthodontic treatment and appliances such as braces
  • Other custom-made appliances, not including sports guards
Treatments such as veneers and braces are only available on the NHS if there’s a clinical need for them (not for cosmetic reasons).
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