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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

£19.70 
This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.

Band 1 course of treatment

£19.70 
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

£53.90
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

£233.70
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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