If you pay for NHS dental treatment, there are three standard charges. The amount you pay depends on the treatment you might need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. All charges apply to an overall course of treatment, and not the individual items within the course of treatment.
You will only pay one charge for each course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. If you need more treatment within the same charge band (for example, an additional filling) within two months of completing a course of treatment, you do not have to pay anything extra.
From 1st April 2019, if you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following rates for each course of treatment you receive:
Band 1 course of treatment
£22.70 – This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg: x-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, and a scale and polish if needed.
Urgent treatment when you need to see a dentist immediately also costs £22.70
Band 2 course of treatment
£62.10 – This covers everything listed in Band 1, above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, gum disease treatment, root canal work and if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment
£269.30 – This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures or bridges.
These are the only dental charges your dentist should ask you to pay when you are having NHS treatment. So, for example, an examination, diagnosis, and preventive advice will cost £22.70; an examination, diagnosis, preventive advice and one or more fillings will cost £62.10; and an examination, diagnosis, preventive advice, one or more fillings and one or more crowns will cost £269.30
NHS fees are reviewed annually, at the time of publication, fees are correct.