The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each completed course of treatment, even if you need to visit us more than once to finish it - either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3. Normally you will be asked to pay for your NHS treatment on the day of your appointment. We do not accept cheques.
If you are not exempt from charges, you should pay one of the following charges for each course of treatment you receive. The fees are set by the NHS, and are the same at all dental practices in England.
Band 1 course of treatment - £22.70
This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.
Band 2 course of treatment - £62.10
This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment - £269.30
This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
All children under 18 are entitled to free NHS treatment.
We recommend that a childs first visit should be when the first tooth erupts in the mouth, no later than age one or two.
For advice on looking after your childrens teeth see our page on toothbrushing.
You do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment if, when treatment starts or when you are asked to pay, you are:
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
You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:
Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Council Tax Benefit
Pension Credit savings credit
Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment of dental treatment
To find out more click here.
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.
If no evidence is seen, we have to inform the NHS. Any incorrect or false information could lead to a penalty charge.
It is your responsibility to understand the exemption rules and complete and sign the form accordingly. The practice will not be liable for any charges you may incur as a result of an incorrect exemption claim.
For every NHS course of treatment you will be asked to fill out a NHS form. It is called an FP17PR, an example of which can be found here.
As an NHS patient you can still choose private options.
For example, you can have an NHS course of treatment but choose a cosmetic all ceramic crown. If you do choose a private option, don't worry- you will still remain an NHS patient. Your dentist will provide you with a written estimate clearly detailing the costs.
Missing appointments wastes time and resources which are needed for other patients. Our practice policy is that if, on more than one occasion, patients cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice or do not attend an appointment, then we will no longer be able to offer NHS treatment. We will of course take any special circumstances into account. We may still be able to offer private dental care, but will require a non-refundable deposit.
In addition, you may not be seen at our practice if:
1. You fail an initial appointment as a new patient
2. You fail an appointment of 45 minutes or longer
Patients who are violent or abusive to practice personnel, to other patients or anyone else on the practice premises will be refused treatment and reported to the appropriate authorities