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Simpler Charging – NHS Dental Treatment reception

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there will be three standard charges.

The amount you pay will depend on the treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

You will pay one of three charges below: Revised April 2017

£20.60  This charge will include an examination, diagnosis and preventative care. If necessary, this will include X-rays, scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.

Urgent and out-of-hours care will also cost £20.60


£56.30  This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £20.60  charge PLUS additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions.


£244.30  This charge includes all necessary treatment covered by the £20.60 and £56.30  charges PLUS more complex procedures such as crowns, dentures or bridges.

You will pay one charge even if you need to visit more than once to complete a course of treatment.  You will be asked to pay for your treatment at the end of your first visit of each course of treatment.

If you are referred to another dentist, you will still pay one charge (to the dentist who refers you).

If you need more treatment at the same charge level (e.g. an additional filling) within two months of seeing your dentist, this will be free of charge.

Example courses of treatment Total cost
Examination, diagnosis and preventative advice £20.60
Examination, diagnosis and preventative advice and one or more fillings £56.30
Examination, diagnosis and preventative advice, one or more fillings and one or more crowns £244.30

There will be no charge for writing a prescription* or for removing stitches.



Repairs to dentures will remain free of charge.

*Usual charges apply when getting the prescription dispensed.

If you are exempt from NHS dental charges please let our receptionist know when booking your appointment and have evidence available to show the receptionist when you arrive for your appointment.

For emergency out of hours NHS dental treatment ring 1-1-1 where your problem will be assessed.  This service is for severe dental problems such as uncontrolled pain, bleeding , swelling or trauma.