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Dental care costs


  • Band 1 treatment (e.g. clinical examination, adjusting braces, X-rays) – £26.80
  • Band 2 (fillings, root canal treatment, oral surgery) – £73.50
  • Band 3 (bridges, crowns, braces, dentures) – £319.10


Please find a comprehensive list of the treatments included in each dental band charge.


Free treatment


You can get free dental treatment (including check-ups) if you:

    • are under 18
    • are under 19 and in full-time education
    • are pregnant
    • have given birth in the last twelve months
    • have a valid HC2 certificate

Also, you may be entitled to free dental treatment or at a reduced cost if you are on a low income. For example, if you’re in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • Universal credit and meet the criteria




In an emergency you can contact your dentist to ask for urgent treatment. If you do not have a dentist or it is out- of-hours then you can ring NHS 111 to ask where the nearest out-of- hours dental service is to you. You will be charged the band 1 rate (£26.80) for emergency treatment, unless you’re eligible for free treatment.

It is advisable that you got A&E if you are experiencing heavy bleeding, injuries to your face, mouth or teeth and severe swelling of the mouth, lips, throat, neck or eyes.


There are also Special Care Dental Services for those who need greater support to access dental treatment. Please contact the FFT helpline on 01273 234 777 if you need assistance applying for a dentist or need any more details.

Correct as of April 2024.

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