Paying for your dental care
If you require dental treatment that includes laboratory work, a deposit will be required at the outset to cover the laboratory cost. The end of your treatment requires full payment.
If you are on a course of treatment we encourage you to pay at each appointment we accept all major credit and debit cards and for some types of treatment, payment by installments can be arranged. Please ask at reception for further information.
NHS charges and treatment are as follow:
Band 1 treatment including examination, assessment and diagnoses, advice, radiographic, preventative care such as fluoride varnish, scale and polish and oral health advice.
Band 2 treatment including all of those listed in Band 1 and additional treatments such as periodontal treatment, extractions, sealant restorations, root canal treatment or fillings.
Band 3 treatment including all of those listed in band 1 and 2 and also crowns, veneers, appliances, dentures or bridges.
Band 4 is for urgent treatment where a patient is in pain, has infection, oral bleeding or has damaged teeth or gums.
Do you have to pay?
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts
- Aged under 18
- Aged 18 and receiving full-time education
- Pregnant, or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months
Get or are included in an award of:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income–based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Universal Credit
- Are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- Are named on a valid HC2 certificate
You will not be exempt from paying if you receive Incapacity Benefit, contribution – based Employment and Support Allowance, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit savings credit, when paid on their own. Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.
Partial help: if you are named on a valid HC3 certificate you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment
Tell the dentist or the receptionist that you are entitled to free treatment, you will be asked to provide evidence of your entitlement. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay.
It is the patient’s responsibility to check what benefits you are entitled to. If you are unsure please check www.nhs.uk/healthcosts .
We advise all patients to pay for their charges at the end of their treatment and then pick up a Refund Form and receipt from Reception to claim back any charges directly from the NHS. You will be fined for giving the wrong information on your Dental Forms and we are unable to act on your behalf if a fine is raised.
Please speak to our reception team if you have any queries.