NHS patients

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 why you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.

NHS Eligibility
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  • Clinical examination, assessment and report
  • Orthodontic assessment and report
  • Diagnoses and treatment planning
  • X-rays
  • Moulds of your teeth
  • Taking photographs
  • Advice on preventing future problems
  • Applying sealants or fluoride preparations
  • Scale and polish
  • Marginal correction of fillings
  • Taking cell and tissue samples
  • Adjusting dentures or orthodontic appliances
  • Treating sensitive cementum
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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  • Non-surgical treatment of periodontitis
  • Surgical treatment of periodontitis
  • Gingival grafts
  • Fillings
  • Sealant restorations
  • Root canal treatment (endodontics)
  • Pulpotomy
  • Apicectomy
  • Transplanting teeth
  • Removing teeth
  • Oral surgery – such as removing a cyst
  • Soft tissue surgery to the mouth or lips
  • Frenectomy, frenoplasty or frenotomy
  • Relining and rebasing dentures
  • Adding to your dentures
  • Splinting loose teeth
  • Occlusal appliance
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. It doesn’t include more complex items covered by Band 3.

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  • Veneers and palatal veneers
  • Inlays, pinlays and onlays
  • crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Orthodontic treatment and appliances such as braces
  • Bite-raising appliances
  • 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.
Band 3 dental treatment

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

Emergency Treatment

If you require urgent care, you’ll pay a Band 1 charge. Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant NHS banding charge will apply.