NHS Patients

NHS Fee Scale

As an NHS patient you only have to pay one charge for each course of treatment catergorised into the three bands below:

Band 1 course of treatment – £22.70

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

Band 2 course of treatment – £62.10

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

Band 3 course of treatment – £269.30

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures or bridges.

Know your rights as a NHS patient

Click Here to download the Office of Fair Trading NHS Patients Leaflet.


Q Do I have to pay for NHS Dental Treatment?

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

  • aged under 18
  • 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 of
  • income Support
  • income-related Employment and SupportAllowance
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • pension Credit guarantee credit


  • 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

For further information on NHS dental services and dental charges, see the dental services section of the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk), or ask your dentist or primary care trust for help.

You will not be exempt from paying if you receive Incapacity Benefit, contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance, contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit savings credit, when paid on their own. Medical conditions do not exempt patients from payment for dental treatment.

You will be asked for written proof that you do not have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment. You will also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you do not have to pay. If your name is on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your treatment. Checks are made on free and reduced cost treatment claims. If you say you have the right to free treatment when you do not, you may incur a penalty charge.

Q What treatments should I expect to be provided under the NHS?

A You will be able to have all treatment provided under the NHS that your dentist feels is clinically necessary in order to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.

Q How often should I go to the dentist?

A You should see a dentist regularly for routine check-ups even if you are not experiencing any problems with your mouth or teeth.  Attending regularly helps you and your dentist to keep your mouth, teeth and gums in good health and pain free. Your dentist will tell you how often you will need a routine check-up.

Q How to make an appointment?

A Patients are advised to call or visit the practice of your choice to register their details and make an appointment.  You will be asked to complete a medical history form.   We will endeavour to meet any requests to see a specific dentist where possible.   We value our current patients continued support and look forward to welcoming new patients to our practice very soon.

Q Who is responsible for commisioning NHS dental service?

A NHS North Yorkshire & York are responsible for commisioning our NHS dental service in all practices (except Fairfield whose services are commisioned by NHS North Tees & Hartlepool).  Should you wish to contact them you can do so via the following methods:

NHS North Yorkshire & York

Unit 5, Sovreign House, Kettlestring Lane, Clifton Moor, York YO30 4GQ

T | 01904 694 700 F | 01904 694704


NHS North Tees and Hartlepool

University Hospital Of Hartlepool, Holdforth Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS24 9AH

T | 01642 617617