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New NHS dental charges announced


Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017 12:00

NHS Dental Charges will rise from the 1st April 2017.

Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. In April 2006, the NHS in England and Wales started operating a new contract system.

This means that there are now three standard charges for the National Health Service for dental treatment, this will help to make the NHS system easier and more accessible for patients.

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

BandTreatmentEnglandWales
OneExamination, Diagnosis, Xrays, Scale & Polish. When you need to see a dentist immediately, usually for extreme pain, swelling or excessive bleeding.
£20.60£14.00
TwoAll treatments in band one plus additional procedures such as Fillings, Root canal treatment, relining of dentures and extractions.£56.30£44.00
ThreeAll treatments in bands one and two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges.£244.30£190.00














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 to the new contracts at present; some of the charges are laid out below as a guide line only as prices will vary.  

Examination & DiagnosisNHS ChargePrivate Charge
Basic examination (Northern Ireland)from £6.68£25.00 - £60.00
Exams are free in Scotland under the NHS service

Small X-rayfrom £3.36£10.00 - £15.00
Panoral X-ray£10.48£25.00 - £45.00

Fillings and Crowns

Small amalgam filling
£7.32
£28.00 - £50.00
Large amalgam filling
£18.80
£50.00 - £95.00
Composite filling (white) on molars
N/A£70.00 - £150.00
Precious metal crown
from £94.56£250.00 - £650.00
Non-precious metal crown
from £72.72£240.00- £450.00
Bonded precious metal crown (not molars)
from £108.40£300.00- £850.00
Bonded non-precious crown (not molars)from £97.36£250.00- £800.00
Additional fee (all NHS crowns)£6.76N/A

Other Treatments


Scale and polish
from £10.76
£25.00 - £80.00
Root Canal Treatment (molars)
from £82.80
£250.00- £850.00
Extraction (one tooth)
from £6.76
£40.00 - £200.00
Additional fee (all NHS extractions)
£5.48
N/A
Veneers£87.32£250.00- £550.00
Additional fee (all NHS Veneers)£6.76
Tooth bleachingN/A£250.00- £600.00

Prosthetic treatments


Full dentures (per denture, upper or lower)
£92.72 (max for both £148.60)
£450.00- £1,000.00
Bridge Retainers
from £119.28
£250.00-£500.00
Bridge Pontics
from £65.20

Maryland Pontic
£63.68
£300.00- £550.00 (per Pontic & Wing)
Maryland Wing£33.32
Dental Implants (per tooth)N?A£2,500.00

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.

The private charges are meant as a guideline only; this is because private dentists can set their own fees for individual cases.

Need further advice? The Dental Helpline is the Oral Health Foundation's own confidential advice service. Qualified dental professionals are available to answer your questions personally from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.


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