Diagnosis, advice and X-rays
Scale and polish*
Fluoride varnish & fissure sealant
Further treatment planning
* Only available if clinically necessary
Everything in band 1 plus
additional treatment such as:
Root canal work
Everything in bands
1 & 2 plus
more complex procedures:
You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:
You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you’re asked to pay:
You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:
You’ll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you’re entitled to help with dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.
The NHS Low Income Scheme provides income-related help to people not exempt from charges but who may be entitled to full or partial help with healthcare costs if they have a low income. Anyone can apply as long as they don’t have savings or investments over the capital limit. In England, the capital limit is £16,000 (or £23,250 if you live permanently in a care home).
Help is based on a comparison between your weekly income and assessed requirements at the time the claim is made. Entitlement broadly follows Income Support rules to decide how much, if anything, you have to pay towards your healthcare costs, including dental treatment costs.
The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website has more information about the NHS Low Income Scheme, including how to apply.