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NHS Services and Fees

Please see below for a simple explanation of NHS treatment costs and to check if you are eligible for free dental care.

NHS dental care is arranged into 3 bands of treatment, each of which has a set fee:

Band 1 treatment: (£21.60)
– This charge includes an examination, diagnosis and preventive advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, scaling and planning for further treatment.

Band 2 treatment: (£59.10)
– This charge includes all the necessary treatment covered by the above Band 1 charge, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment or extractions

Band 3 treatment: (£256.50)
– This charge includes all the necessary treatment that is covered by the above Band 1 and Band 2 charges, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.

These charges are applicable from 1st April 2018. For more information, visit :  http://www.nhs.uk

At John Cuddigan and Associates we offer all of our patients the option of being treated under NHS arrangements.  For an explanation of the difference between NHS and Private Dental care, please see the Private treatment page on this web site.

Do you qualify for free NHS dental care?

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 have 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, you are receiving:
Income Support
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Pension Credit guarantee credit
Universal 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

Partial help – 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.

Note: You will not be exempt from paying because 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 to show our receptionist 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, before ant exemption can be given.

The focus of NHS dentistry is clinical need. This means that NHS dentistry exists to maintain the oral health of the population and eliminate the presence of dental disease.It includes all of the dental treatments necessary to maintain good oral/dental health and if necessary, to restore the function of dental health in the most cost-effective way possible. For you, this may mean regular check ups at intervals specific to your individual needs, fillings, treatment of gum disease or the fitting of crowns and bridges, amongst other things.

For all NHS courses of treatment, after your check up, you will be presented with a number of suitable treatment options. These options will include all of the available NHS and private treatments.


Register now with John Cuddigan and Associates by calling:

01277 210213 or by  emailing [email protected]