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NHS Charges

Band 1 (or urgent)


This covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment (or treatment to get you of severe pain or swelling)

Band 2 


This is for all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions)

Band 3


This covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

You do not have to pay if you are:

  • under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education

  • pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months

  • receiving low income benefits, or you're under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefits



if you or your partner are named on and in receipt of, either:

  • Income Support

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

  • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances)

  • a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

  • a valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income

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