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.
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.
- Clinical examination, assessment and report
- Orthodontic assessment and report
- Diagnoses and treatment planning
- 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.
- Non-surgical treatment of periodontitis
- Surgical treatment of periodontitis
- Gingival grafts
- Sealant restorations
- Root canal treatment (endodontics)
- 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
- Bite-raising appliances
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.
- Veneers and palatal veneers
- Inlays, pinlays and onlays
- 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.
Band 3 dental treatment
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.