1 April 2018 

A new series of NHS charges have been announced for the coming year.

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

There are three standard charges for NHS dental treatment. These charges will take effect from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.





One Examination, diagnosis, x-rays, scale & polish. When you need to see a dentist immediately, usually for extreme pain, swelling or excessive bleeding. £21.60 £14.00
Two All treatments in band one plus additional procedures such as fillings, root canal treatment, relining of dentures and extractions. £59.10 £45.00
Three All treatments in bands one and two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges. £256.50 £195.00

Please note that this information has been taken from the Department of Health and the information is provided as a guideline only.

Your dentist will assess your individual needs to see if you fit the criteria for the above treatments. Scotland and Northern Ireland are still operating under the old NHS system with no plans to change at present; some of the charges are laid out below as a guide line only as prices will vary.

The maximum charge for a single course of NHS treatment in Scotland and Northern Ireland is £390; some treatments will require prior approval before a dentist can commence work on you.

If you need further advice, contact the Oral Health Foundation's Dental Helpline.

This is a free and confidential advice service, provided by qualified dental professionals.

You can call them on 01788 539 780, or contact them via this enquiry form.