NEW NHS DENTAL CHARGES announced by the government come into effect on the 1st of April 2018. Find out about the cost of NHS dental treatment and if you are entitled to free NHS dental care.

The Department of Health and Social Care announced the latest increase in NHS dental charges for patients from 1 April 2018. Details of what is covered by each NHS dental charge band can be found on at NHS Choices.

The British Dental Association has citicised the latest increase in charges calling them a cover for reduced NHS spending and are likely to lead to people being discouraged from visiting an NHS dentist.

Charges From April 1 2018

  • Band 1 course of treatment (i.e. checkup) £21.60
  • Band 2 course of treatment (i.e. fillings) £59.10
  • Band 3 course of treatment (i.e. crowns or dentures) £256.50

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

If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate (partial help), you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment. The certificate tells you how much you will have to pay.

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.

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