Dentists

 

Do I need to register with a dentist?

You no longer need to register as a patient with NHS dentists. They now keep lists of regular patients and provide on-going treatment and care. 

 

How do I find an NHS dentist?

To find a dentist near to where you live please enter your postcode into our Find a local service search.

 

How can I find out about urgent and out-of-hours care?

If you need urgent dental treatment, please call NHS 111 and you will be directed to the out of hours service.  

 

Am I entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts, you are:

  • aged under 18
  • aged 18 and in full-time education 
  • pregnant, or have had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts 
  • an NHS in-patient and the treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist 
  • an NHS hospital dental service out-patient

When the treatment starts or when the charge is made:

  • you are getting, or your partner gets Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you are named on a valid HC2 certificate (Exemption of charges certificate).

 

What are the costs of dental treatment?

As of 1 April 2016, the cost of NHS dental treatment is as follows:

  • Band 1 course of treatment – £19.70
    This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.
  • Band 2 course of treatment – £53.90
    This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
  • Band 3 course of treatment – £233.70
    This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.

Detailed information about each treatment band can be found in the NHS Choices website's NHS dental treatments section. 

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