If you think you may be able to claim full or partial help with NHS dental charges, please let the reception team know at the first visit of each course of treatment.
Below are the NHS standard dental charges applicable from 1 April 2016. The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, gums and teeth healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. Some minor treatments, including having stitches removed or repair to dentures (if they can be mended), are free.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive.
Band 1 course of treatment – £20.60
This covers an examination, diagnosis (e.g. X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealants. Emergency appointments are also chargeable at the Band 1 rate.
Band 2 course of treatment – £56.30
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work, extractions or Periodontal treatment.
Band 3 course of treatment – £244.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, bridges, dentures or veneers.
Please note that every NHS payment will generate a hand written NHS approved receipt which you must retain for your records. If you are a member of any private/work healthcare scheme that covers dentistry costs, please ensure you use this receipt towards any claim. If you require a duplicate receipt please ask a member of the reception team who will be happy to provide this.
Free NHS dental treatment or help with health costs
You may be eligible for help with all or part of the costs of your NHS dental treatment. To see if this applies to you, see the leaflet ‘NHS dental services in England’ which is available from any NHS dental practice or from www.dh.gov.uk/dentistry. Please be aware if you inform the practice you are eligible for free treatment when you are not entitled, you will be subject to a penalty charge from the NHSBSA where you will be required to pay the full cost of treatment received and a fine, which ranges from £100-£1000. It is important to ensure you are entitled for help with dental costs, and if you are unsure please contact the benefits department or tax credit helpline for further advice.
For advice on how to get help with health costs call 0845 850 1166 or see ‘Help with health costs’ (HC11), which is available from Jobcentre Plus offices, NHS dentists, or from www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk. We keep a stock of HC1 forms in practice so please ask a member of the reception team if you wish to receive one of these forms.
For further information on NHS dental services and dental charges, see the leaflet ‘NHS dental services in England’ or the more detailed ‘Guide to NHS dental services in England’ which is available from www.dh.gov.uk/dentistry or ask your Local Area Team office for advice.