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NHS Patient Payments

How much will I pay for NHS dental treatment?

 

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, the amount you spend will depend on what treatment you need.

There are three NHS charge bands. From April 2018 to March 2019, the costs are as follows:

Band 1: £21.60

Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish, and planning for further treatment. This is also the cost for any one off urgent dental care.

Band 2: £59.10

Covers all treatment included in Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).

Band 3: £256.50

Covers all treatment included in Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

When you don’t have to pay

There is no dental charge:

  • for denture repairs
  • to have stitches removed
  • if your dentist has to stop blood loss
  • if your dentist only has to write out a prescription – however, if you pay for prescriptions, you’ll have to pay the usual prescription charge when you collect your medicine(s)

 

Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?

 

You don’t have to pay for NHS dental treatment if you’re:

  • under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
  • receiving low income benefits, or you’re under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefits
  • in receipt of certain certificates

Low income benefits

You’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your spouse (including civil partner) receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal credit  (in certain circumstances)

Certificates for help with health costs

You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you’re entitled to or named on:

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income

People named on an HC3 certificate may also get partial help with health costs

You’ll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you don’t have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You’ll will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you don’t have to pay.

Universal credit eligibility criteria

You qualify if, on the date you claim help with health costs:

  1. a) you receive Universal Credit and either had no earnings or had net earnings of £435 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period

or

  1. b) you receive Universal Credit, which includes an element for a child, or you (or your partner) had limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA), and you either had no earnings or net earnings of £935 or less in your last Universal Credit assessment period

Note: If you’re part of a couple, the net earning threshold applies to your combined net earnings.

You should present a copy of your Universal Credit award notice to prove your entitlement. You’ll need to have met the eligibility criteria in the last completed Universal Credit assessment period before your health costs arose.