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NHS Charges

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there are three standard charges. The amount you pay will depend on the level of treatment that you need.

NHS dental charges

The three NHS charge bands are listed below.

  • Band 1 £21.60 – this charge includes an examination, diagnosis, and preventive advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.
  • Band 2 £59.10 – this charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the £20.60 charge, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment, or extractions.
  • Band 3 £256.50 – this charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the £21.60 and £59.10 charges, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures, and bridges.

Personal dental treatment plan

Before carrying out any band two, or three, dental treatment, your dentist should give you a personal dental treatment plan. You will be asked to read and sign the plan, which provides details of the dental work that your dentist is going to do, and the amount that you will have to pay.

If you have discussed having private treatment with your dentist, the details and costs of this treatment will be listed separately on your treatment plan. Before having dental treatment, you should talk to your dentist about the benefits of the treatment, plus any risks that are involved.

Paying for treatment

Your dentist is entitled to ask for your payment at any stage of your treatment. This may be before, during, or after, your treatment has taken place. As payment policies vary between practices, you should make sure that you ask your dentist about when you will have to make your payment.