NHS Dental Charges

In April 2006 dentists in England and Wales started operating a new NHS dental contract. This means that there are now three standard charges for the National Health Service for dental treatment. This will, according to the Government, help to make the NHS system easier and more accessible for patients. (sic)

Update April 2008. It has recently come to my attention that this web-page is by a long way the most visited page on my website, so welcome and thanks for visiting. It seems it has become one of the top pages for googling on "NHS dental charges", amongst other things. The fees for 2008-2009 have been raised for England, but kept the same for Wales - see below for details. I am not sure if there are any changes due to come into effect for Scotland and Northern Ireland, but the Doctors and Dentists Review Body has only just reported this year (April 7th) and has set the uplift for dentists' incomes this year at 3.4% gross fees aiming to achieve a 2.2% pre-tax net income rise.

NHS Dental Charges for England and Wales from April 2015 to April 2016
Band Treatment England Wales
OneExamination, Diagnosis, Xrays, Scale and Polish.£18.80£13.50
TwoAll treatments in band one plus additional procedures such as Fillings, Root canal treatment and extractions. £51.30£43.00
ThreeAll treatments in bands one and two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges£222.50£185.00
UrgentWhen you need to see a dentist immediately, usually for extreme pain, swelling, excessive bleeding or recementing a crown.£18.80£13.50

NHS Dental Charges for England and Wales from April 2008 to April 2009
Band Treatment England Wales
OneExamination, Diagnosis, Xrays, Scale and Polish.£16.20£12.00
TwoAll treatments in band one plus additional procedures such as Fillings, Root canal treatment and extractions. £44.60£39.00
ThreeAll treatments in bands one and two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges£198.00£177.00
UrgentWhen you need to see a dentist immediately, usually for extreme pain, swelling, excessive bleeding or recementing a crown.£16.20£12.00

NHS Dental Charges for England and Wales from April 2007 to April 2008
Band Treatment England Wales
OneExamination, Diagnosis, Xrays, Scale and Polish.£15.90£12.00
TwoAll treatments in band one plus additional procedures such as Fillings, Root canal treatment and extractions. £43.60£39.00
ThreeAll treatments in bands one and two plus more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges£194.00£177.00
UrgentWhen you need to see a dentist immediately, usually for extreme pain, swelling, excessive bleeding or recementing a crown.£15.90£12.00

Dental Practice Details

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Scotland and Northern Ireland are still operating under the old NHS dental system with no plans to change to the new contracts at present; some of their patient charges are laid out below. Patients are required to pay 80% of the gross cost of the treatments up to a maximum of £384 (1 April 2007)

Some Common NHS Dental Charges for Scotland and Northern Ireland from April 2007 to April 2008
TreatmentNHS ChargePrivate Charge
Examination and Diagnosis. Exams are free in Scotland on the NHS.£6.00£25.00 - £45.00
Small X-ray£2.96£8.00 - £10.00
Panoral X-ray£9.20£25.00 - £35.00
Small amalgam filling£6.40£28.00 - £50.00
Large amalgam filling£16.52£50.00 - £95.00
Composite filling (white) on molars Not Available £70.00 - £120.00
Precious metal crown £82.88£250.00- £450.00
Bonded precious metal crown (not molars)£95.04£300.00- £450.00
Bonded non precious metal crown (not molars)£85.32£200.00- £400.00
Additional fee (all NHS crowns)£5.92Not applicable
Scale and polish £9.48£25.00 - £45.00
Root canal treatment£64.36£150.00- £600.00
Extraction£10.66 £40.00 - £100.00
Veneers£76.52 £250.00- £450.00
Additional fee for first veneer£5.92Not applicable
Tooth bleachingNot available£200.00- £600.00

SOME PATIENTS ARE ENTITLED TO FREE NHS DENTAL TREATMENT

  1. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you are under 18 years of age you do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
  2. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you are 18 years of age and you are in full-time education you do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
  3. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you are pregnant or you have had a baby in the previous 12 months you do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
  4. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you or your partner are in receipt of Income Support, or income-based Job Seekers Allowance you do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
  5. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you or your partner hold a current Tax Credit NHS exemption certificate from your entitlement to Working Families Tax Credit or Disabled Person's Tax Credit, you do not have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
  6. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you or your partner hold a current HS Charges Certificate you may be exempt from paying all or part of your HS Dental treatment costs. You can apply for a HS Charges Certificate by completing a Form HC1 available from your Doctor, Dentist, Optician or Social Security Office. You should send it in to your local Social Security Office on completion where your entitlement will be assessed. Further advice and explanation is on the HC1 Form.
  7. If you are registered for Health Service treatment and you or your partner are in receipt of Pension Credit Guarantee Credit you do not have to pay for HS dental treatment.
  8. Repairs to dentures.
    Arrest of haemorrage.
    Emergency visit by your dentist to your home.
    ARE FREE TO ALL PATIENTS

The fee calculator below shows the relative costs of the new UDA system when compared to fees in England prior to the changeover in 2006 - see the lower right of the calculator. It can also act as a rough guide for fee comparisons to other areas of the UK that have broadly kept the old system.

NHS DENTAL FEES AND UDA GUIDE FOR ENGLAND 2007 - 2008


PART 7A (Click button, or enter X or numbers) UDA VALUE



TOTAL UDAs: TOTAL Patient Charge: TOTAL UDA VALUE TO DENTIST IN CASH:     

PART 7B Tooth notation Type of treatment PART 7C Enter no. Tooth notation
4401 UR UL Fillings - Deciduous teeth (U18s) UR UL
4401 LR LL LR LL
1401 UR UL Fillings - amalgam single surface UR UL
1401 LR LL LR LL
1402 UR UL Fillings - two or more surfaces UR UL
1402 LR LL LR LL
1403 UR UL Fillings - MO or DO UR UL
1403 LR LL LR LL
1404 UR UL Fillings - MOD amalgams UR UL
1404 LR LL LR LL
1421 UR UL Fillings - Composites etc. UR UL
1421 LR LL LR LL
1426 UR UL Fillings - Glass ionomers etc. UR UL
1426 LR LL LR LL
1431 UR UL Pin or screw retention UR UL
1431 LR LL LR LL
1501 UR UL Root fillings in permanent teeth UR UL
1501 LR LL LR LL
1721 UR UL Crowns bonded to precious metals UR UL
1721 LR LL LR LL
2101 UR UL Extractions, and number of visits
SELECT CURRENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON
2101 LR LL TOTAL OLD FEES:   PATIENT CHARGE: (Part 7A+Part 7B+Part 7C)
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