Band One     Examination.
Band Two     A filling (for example)
Band Three   A crown or denture

Urgent Care Items outside the above requiring intervention.

The current Band One charge is £22.70.
The current Band Two charge is £62.10.
The current Band Three charge is £269.30.

These are set each year by government and is the amount patients contribute to their care. After examination any treatment required is explained and the relevant patient contribution is explained.

Some patients do not need to pay these charges or may get help with the costs. Examples of patients who do not contribute include:

  • Patients under 18 years
  • under 19 and receiving full-time education
  • pregnant or a mother who has had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • staying in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist
  • an NHS Hospital Dental Service outpatient (however, you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)

You also do not have to pay if, when the treatment starts, or when you are asked to pay: you are included in an award (as a claimant, partner, or dependent person under 20) of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit guarantee credit
  • Universal credit and for the last assessment period there were no earnings or earnings within the allowed limit


  • you are named on a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or you are entitled to an NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • you are named on a valid HC2 certificate

Please note that savings credit on its own does not entitle patients to free treatment.

A useful NHS leaflet can be downloaded here.