NHS Dental Charges From April 2016

NEW NHS DENTAL CHARGES announced by the Government come into effect on the 1st of April 2016. The government has also suggested another 5% increase will be introduced in 2017. Find out about the cost of NHS dental treatment and if you are entitled to free NHS dental care.

The Department of Health announced in March that there will be a 5% increase in NHS dental charges to patients from 1 April 2016. Dentists are not happy that patients are being asked to pay higher charges to fund the Government’s tooth tax.

Charges From April 1 2016

  • Band 1 course of treatment (i.e. checkup) £19.70
  • Band 2 course of treatment (i.e. fillings) £53.90
  • Band 3 course of treatment (i.e. crowns or dentures) £233.70

Free NHS Dental Treatment

A number of patients are exempt from NHS dental charges:

  • under 18s
  • 18 and in full-time education
  • pregnant, or have had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts
  • those on certain state benefits

For those not entitled to benefits but are on low incomes help with charges may be available via the NHS Low Income Scheme (LIS).

For full details of our NHS Dental services please visit our NHS Dental Care page.