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NHS treatments and costs

NHS dental charges depend on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums 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. If you are referred to another dentist for another, separate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments are free.

Band1£20.60

This covers:

*Only available if clinically necessary

Band2£56.30

Everything in band 1 plus additional treatment such as:

Band3£244.30

Everything in band 1 & 2 plus more complex procedures:

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Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

  • under 18
  • under 19 and in full-time education
  • pregnant or you've had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts
  • staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment
  • an NHS hospital dental service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you're asked to pay:

  • you're included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit
  • you're named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you're named on a valid HC2 certificate
  • If you're named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme - see below

You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit savings credit

Proof of your entitlement

You'll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you're entitled to help with dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.

NHS Low Income Scheme

The NHS Low Income Scheme provides income-related help to people not exempt from charges but who may be entitled to full or partial help with healthcare costs if they have a low income. Anyone can apply as long as they don't have savings or investments over the capital limit. In England, the capital limit is £16,000 (or £23,250 if you live permanently in a care home).

Help is based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. Entitlement broadly follows Income Support rules to decide how much, if anything, you have to pay towards your healthcare costs, including dental treatment costs.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website has more information about the NHS Low Income Scheme, including how to apply.

Providing NHS Dentistry

How much will I pay for NHS dental treatment?

You can get free dental treatment in Scotland if you're:

  • under 18 years old
  • aged 18 and in full-time education
  • pregnant or are a nursing mother

Unless you are in one of the groups entitled to free NHS dental treatment, or help with the cost, you'll need to pay 80% of the cost of your NHS dental treatment up to a maximum of £384 per course of treatment.

Find out more about this on the Practitioner Services website.

Costs

The NHS fee structure is complex and varies considerably from patient to patient depending of the treatment required.

Examples of costs can be found on the Scottish Dental website.

Help with costs

The Scottish Government have produced a leaflet providing information on NHS dental costs and getting help with these. It's called A Quick Guide To Help With Health Costs.

Band1£14.00

This covers:

*Only available if clinically necessary

Band2£44.00

Everything in band 1 plus additional treatment such as:

Band3£190.00

Everything in band 1 & 2 plus more complex procedures:


Urgent treatment £14.00

Regulation 11 treatment (30% of Band 3)

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You can get free NHS dental treatment if when the treatment starts you:

  • Are aged under 18
  • Are aged 18 and in full time education
  • Are pregnant or have had a baby within the 12 month before treatment starts
  • Are an NHS in-patient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
  • Are an NHS Hospital Dental Service out-patient*

Or, when the treatment starts or when the charge is made:

  • During the period April 2013 - March 2015 you receive or are included in an award of someone receiving Universal Credit
  • You get or are included in an award of someone getting: Income support, or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Related Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit; Income groups page
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • You are named on a valid HC2W certificate

Partial Help: If you are named on a HC3W certificate you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment. Read Low Income Scheme.

War pensioners - please read Other groups.

Free NHS Dental Examination

You get free dental examinations if you are:

  • Aged under 25 on the day you are examined in Wales; or
  • Aged 60 or over on the day you are examined in Wales.

Any subsequent treatment as a result of the free examination carries the appropriate charge.

Who is entitled to free HSC dental treatment?

You can get free dental treatment in Northern Ireland if you're:

  • aged under 18
  • aged 18 and in full time education
  • pregnant, or have had a child, within the 12 months before treatment starts
  • a hospital inpatient and the treatment is carried out by a hospital dentist
  • getting, or your partner gets, Income Support, income related Employment and Support Allowance, income based Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • entitled to, or named on, a valid tax credit exemption certificate
  • a war pensioner and need the dental treatment test because of a disability for which you get a war pension
  • a Hospital Dental Service out-patient
  • a Community Dental Service patient

If you are a Hospital Dental Service out-patient or a Community Dental Service patient, you may have to pay for treatments involving dental laboratory items such as dentures and bridges.

If you are not entitled to free treatment or help with the cost of treatment then you are required to pay a charge for Health Service dental services. The charge is 80% of the cost up to a maximum of £384.

Costs

The HSC fee structure will vary from patient to patient depending on the treatment required.

Examples of costs can be found on the nidrect website

Help with costs

You can view more information regarding help with your dental costs on the following page via the nidrect website

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