NHS dental charges

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there will be three standard charges.

The amount you pay will depend on the treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

You will pay one of the three charges below:

This charge will include an examination, diagnosisand preventative care. If necessary this will include X­rays, scale and polish and planning for further treatment. Urgent and out ­of ­hours care will also cost £14.70.  £14.70
 This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £14.70 charge PLUS additional fillings, root canal treatments or extractions.£47.00
This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £14.70 and £47.00 charges PLUS more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges.£203.00

You will only pay one charge even if you need to visit more than once to complete a course of treatment.

If you are referred to another dentist, you will still pay one charge (to the dentist who refers you).

If you need more treatment at the same charge level (e.g. an additional filling) within two months of seeing your dentist, this will be free of charge.

Note: You should ask your dentist how much your individual treatment plan will cost. The dental practice may ask you to pay before beginning your treatment.

There will be no charge if a dentist assesses that he only needs to issue a prescription, or if he removes stitches from a previous procedure.

Your dentist should display a poster about NHS charges in the waiting room.

What dental treatment is available on the NHS?

If you have an NHS dentist you are entitled to all the treatment that you need to make your mouth, teeth and gums as healthy and pain free as possible. You should also receive advice on things like proper brushing and flossing, so you can play your part in keeping your mouth healthy.

This includes:

  • dentures
  • root canal treatment
  • crowns and bridges
  • any preventive treatment needed, such as a scale and polish, an appointment with the dental
  • hygienist, fluoride varnish or fissure sealants
  • white fillings (at the front)
  • orthodontics for under­18s

If your NHS dentist says you need a particular type of treatment, you should not be required to pay for it privately. Private options may be discussed, such as cosmetic alternatives or specialist treatments like dental implants, but it’s your choice whether you take them.

When your dentist says you need treatment, you can expect the following:

  • You should be given a written treatment plan which includes the cost of treatment
  • Even if your treatment involves a number of visits, you will only pay one charge for each complete course of NHS treatment, unless you’ve had to make an emergency visit to the dentist first
  • If your NHS treatment fails within 12 months, your dentist should repair or redo most treatment free of charge (unless you were advised the treatment was unlikely to be long-term

Dental Costs

Free NHS Dental Treatment

You can get free NHS dental treatment if when the treatment starts you:

  • Are aged under 18;
  • Are aged 18 and in full time education;
  • Are pregnant or have had a baby within the 12 month before treatment starts;
  • Are an NHS in­patient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist;
  • Are an NHS Hospital Dental Service out­patient;*

*There may be a charge for dentures and bridges.

Or, when the treatment starts or when the charge is made:

  • During the period 1 April 2016 ­ 30 September 2016 you receive or are included in an award of someone receiving Universal Credit.
  • You get or are included in an award of someone getting: Income support, or Income ­based Jobseeker's Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Related Employment & Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit; Income groups page
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate;
  • You are named on a valid HC2W certificate.

Partial Help: If you are named on a HC3W certificate you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment. Read Low Income Scheme

War pensioners ­ please read Other groups.

Free NHS Dental Examination

You get free dental examinations if you are:

  • Aged under 25 on the day you are examined in Wales; or
  • Aged 60 or over on the day you are examined in Wales.

Any subsequent treatment as a result of the free examination carries the appropriate charge.

More Info: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/ourservices