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NHS dental charges from 1 April 2016

Band 1 course of treatment – £21.60 

This covers an examination, diagnosis (e.g. X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed

Band 2 course of treatment – £59.10 

This covers everything listed in Band 1, plus any further treatment such as fillings, or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth. 

Band 3 course of treatment – £256.50 

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus any treatments that may require a laboratory such as crowns and dentures. 

Who is entitled to free NHS Dental Care 

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

- under 18 

- under 19 and in full-time education

- pregnant or you’ve had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts

- staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment

- an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)

You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you’re asked to pay:

- you’re included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or   Pension Credit guarantee credit 

- you’re named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate

- you’re named on a valid HC2 certificate 

- If you're named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme – see below.