The current schedule of banding and fees for NHS dental treatment
NHS dental treatment bands
NHS dental bands (valid from 1st April 2018). There are three bands of charges for all NHS dental treatments.
Band 1 – £21.60
This charge includes an examination, diagnosis, maintenance and preventative care, e.g. dental hygiene advice. If necessary, this will include x-rays, simple scaling, and planning further treatment.
Band 2 – £59.10
This charge covers all necessary treatment covered by the Band 1 charge, plus extra simple treatments, such as fillings, extractions, root canal treatment and surgical procedures.
Band 3 – £256.50
This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the Band 1 & 2 charge, plus more complex procedures that includes work by a laboratory, such as bridgework, crowns and dentures.
Emergency treatment – £21.60
Most urgent treatments can be done in one appointment. 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.
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- Aged under 18
- Aged 18 and in full-time education
- Pregnant or had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts
Or if, when treatment starts or when the charge is made, you’re:
- Getting, or your partner gets, Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Pension credit exemption certificate
- Named on a valid HC2 certificate
If you’re named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may also be eligible for partial help with dental costs.
Remember, your dentist will ask for evidence that you’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment.
Please use form HC1 to claim for full (HC2) or partial (HC3) help with NHS dental costs. HC1 forms are available from your Jobcentre Plus office, or by calling 0845 8501166 or 08701 555455.
If you want, or if your dentist suggests, you can choose to have purely cosmetic treatment done privately. This includes things like tooth whitening, large white fillings or white crowns on back teeth. You should ask your dentist how much this will cost on top of charges for NHS treatment.
As now, you can agree with your dentist to have some of your treatment provided privately
- People with higher treatment needs may need to attend more often than before
- People with good oral health may only need to attend once every 12 to 24 months
- Pulpectomy and pulptomy
- Re-implant of a lost tooth
- Arrest of a haemorrhage
- Re-cementing crowns / bridges
- Making a temporary bridge
- Easing a denture
- Treating cementum sensitivity and acute periodontal conditions
- Supplying treatment needed as a result of trauma
- Carrying out up to two extractions and one filling
Please note: the definition of urgent in this case is purely to get a patient out of pain. It’s not a way to obtain routine treatment. Having urgent treatment is subject to the dentist’s opinion and is only used where your oral health is likely to deteriorate significantly, or if you’re in severe pain because of an oral condition. The dentist may act if they believe it’s necessary to prevent deterioration or to address that severe pain.
These costs apply even if you’re normally exempt from patient charges.
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