You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:under 18under 19 and in full-time education, pregnant or you've had a baby in the 12 months before treatment startsstaying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment an NHS Hospital Dental Service out-patient (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. For more information click here.
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.
You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit and Savings credit.
If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment there are three standard charges. The amount you pay depends on the treatment you need:
Band 1: £25.80 includes an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes x-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment.
Band 2: £70.70 includes all treatment covered by band 1, plus additional treatment such as fillings, root canal treatments and extractions.
Band 3: £306.80 includes all treatment covered by bands 1 and 2 plus more complex procedures such as crowns, bridges and dentures.
If your initial treatment is classed as emergency treatment it may not be included in any later course of treatment that you need. For emergency dental treatment you will have to pay a separate charge of £25.80.