NHS Dental Charges
On April 2006, the most significant reforms to NHS dentistry took place. These reforms are benefiting patients by improving access to NHS dental services and by replacing the old, complicated charging system with three simple, standard price bands.
There are now three standard charges for all NHS dental treatments. This makes it easier to know how much you may need to pay and also helps to ensure that you are being charged for NHS care (rather than private care). Please check the NHS official website for more details.
You still receive free NHS dental treatment if you meet the exemption criteria.
You can get further information on NHS dental treatments/forms from NHS order line on 0845 610 1112.
Who is entitled to free dental care?
You can get free NHS dental treatment if you are:
- under 18
- 18 and in full-time education
- pregnant, or have had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts,
- an NHS inpatient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist, or
- an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient. There may be a charge for dentures and bridges
You are also entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your partner (including civil partners), receive either:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit; or
- you are named on, or entitled to (use your award notice as evidence), an NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or
- you are named on a valid HC2 certificate.
- Partial help
If you are named on a valid HC3 certificate, you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment. The certificate tells you how much you will have to pay.
In case of a dental emergency outside our working hours, please contact NHS Urgent Care Dental Service on 0203 594 0938.
Service operating hours:
Weekdays 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Weekends/Bank holidays 9:00am to 7:00pm
In case of a dental emergency at any other time please contact NHS 111 service.