NHS dental charges in England are transparent and generous – but very few people know this. We’ve created this infographic to illustrate the dental treatments you can get on the NHS, and how the three pricing bands work.
Note: This post has been updated with new prices for NHS dental charges that came into force in April 2015.
Here are the key points:
- A treatment will now cost you £18.80, £51.30 or £222.50 (Band 1, 2 or 3), depending on how complex it is
- If you have one or all treatments within that band, the same one off charge applies
- If you come back for more treatments within that band, within a two month window, they are still included in the cost you’ve paid
- Interestingly, if you need for example a crown or a root canal (Bands 2 or 3), you get treatments from the bands below included at no additional cost - for example a scale and polish or a fluoride varnish (subject to advice from your dentist)
- You may be eligible for free NHS treatment if you fulfil certain criteria, e.g. pregnancy, under 18 or on income support. See infographic for full details.
Did you also know?
You can see any NHS dentist in the country – unlike with GPs, it’s not restricted to where you live. We’re currently listing around 90,000 available NHS appointments on Toothpick.
- Cosmetic treatment is NOT included in NHS dentistry, which is targeted at stabilising oral health
- Your dentist will help guide you through this complexity of mixing NHS and Private treatments, which may be needed for some conditions