Costs for NHS Patients

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.

Band 1 - £21.60

This covers:

  • Examination
  • Diagnosis, advice and X-rays
  • Scale and polish*
  • Fluoride varnish & fissure sealant
  • Further treatment planning

*Only available if clinically necessary


Band 2 - £59.10

Everything in band 1 plus additional treatment such as:

  • Fillings
  • Root canal work
  • Removing teeth


Band 3 - £256.50

Everything in band 1 & 2 plus more complex procedures:

  • Crowns
  • Dentures
  • Bridges

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

Proof of entitlement will be asked at registration and every ongoing examination as circumstances can change.

Patients can incur a fine of £100 if they provide us with incorrect benefits information. It is not the responsibility of JDRM dental care ltd to ensure benefits information is correct. If the patients thinks they are entitled and do not have the correct information to present then JDRM Dental care may have to be charge the patient, but the patient can then claim the fees back with the NHS BSA.

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.

Are you entitled to free NHS care?