Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care.

You will not be charged for individual items within a course of treatment.

  • Emergency dental treatment – £23.80
    This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling
  • Band 1 course of treatment – £23.80
    This covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
  • Band 2 course of treatment – £65.20
    This covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).
  • Band 3 course of treatment – £282.20
    This covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Not Available on the NHS
The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but which are not clinically necessary. Even where treatment is clinically necessary the dentist will offer you a treatment option that is clinically appropriate. If you choose to have alternative treatment options then you will have to pay privately for these.

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