Understanding NHS Charges
The NHS availability at Oxford House Dental Practice is limited due to the size of our contract. Currently, we are unable to see new NHS patients. We will update this section once availability increases.
Understanding NHS dental charges
Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to contribute towards the cost of your care. The information on this page explains what you may have to pay for your NHS dental treatment.
- 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-rays), 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 further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or teeth removal but not more complex items covered by Band 3.
- Band 3 course of treatment – £306.80 This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.
Not available on the NHS
The NHS will not provide cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, which you may want to make your teeth more attractive, but are not clinically necessary.
Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?
You do not have to pay for NHS dental services if you’re:
- under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education
- pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months
- being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
- receiving low-income benefits, or you’re under 20 and a dependant on someone receiving low-income benefits
You’re entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your spouse (including civil partner) receive:
- Income Support
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit with Savings Credit
- Universal Credit (depending on your earnings)
Certificates to help with health costs
- You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you’re entitled to or named on:
- a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
- a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income
- a valid maternity exemption certificate
- People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get part of the cost of dental treatment paid for.
- People on a low income can include some students and pensioners.
You’ll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment.
You’ll also be asked to sign a form to confirm you do not have to pay.
For more information about NHS Dental services please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/dentists/