NHS Dental Charges

NHS Dental charges are based on three treatment bands One to Three which dictate the fee to be charged to the patient unless the patient can claim a qualifying exemption. Please note, it is the patient’s responsibility to ensure they qualify for the correct exemption, the practice accepts no liability for incorrect exemptions.


NHS Dental fee increase

The government increased the NHS fees increase by 8.5% on April 24th 2023


For five years, the 2015 Spending Review committed to an annual uplift to patient charges of 5%. For two years and three months, since the last increase and the end of the Spending Review, there has not been an increase in charges. But the government is making up for that now, by increasing the NHS Band fees by 8.5%.

Please note that your NHS dentist will not benefit from the increase. While the cost to patients for NHS treatment is increased by a startling 8.5%, the uplift for NHS dental contract holders is just 4.75%.

  • Urgent Dental Treatment £25.80 This covers urgent care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling.
  • Band 1 Course of Treatment £25.80 This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-ray), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.
  • Band 2 Course of Treatment £70.70 This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any future treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
  • Band 3 Course of Treatment £306.80 This covers everything listed in Band 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laborator work.