NHS Dental Care
Accepting new NHS patients now
Bupa Dental Care is welcoming new NHS patients in many practices across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales - and if you’re reading this, chances are you qualify for NHS dental care*.
The NHS provides the dental care you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and pain-free. NHS dental care with Bupa has no strings attached, no hidden fees, just great service. We believe that everyone is entitled to a happy, healthy smile. At Bupa Dental Care, we consider it our mission to make sure you have one.
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Now taking new NHS patients
NHS dental care in England and Wales
In England and Wales the fees for NHS examinations and treatments are subsidised by the NHS, with patients covering the balance. These prices are fixed and sit within bands.
NHS dental care is free of charge for children under the age of 18, and for those under 19 and in full-time education. Dental care is also free on the NHS if you qualify for it under the NHS exempt criteria; for example, pregnant women qualify for free NHS dental care.
For more information on who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment, visit the NHS website.
NHS Band 1* England £22.70 and Wales £14.30
|This covers an examination, diagnosis (including X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care such as the application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant if appropriate.|
NHS Band 2*England £62.10 and Wales £46.00
|This covers everything listed in Band 1 above plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or removal of teeth but not more complex items covered by Band 3.|
NHS Band 3*England £269.30 and Wales £199.10
|This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work.|
In Scotland NHS dental care is free of charge for children under the age of 18, and for those aged 19 and in full-time education. Dental care is also free for pregnant or nursing mothers. Unless you are in one of the groups entitled to free NHS dental treatment or help with the cost, you will be required to pay 80% of the cost of your NHS dental treatment up to a maximum of £384 per course of treatment.
Below is an example of NHS dental charges, visit Scottishdental.org for more information.
|Two small X-rays||£5.00|
|Simple scale & polish||£11.40|
|Small amalgam (silver) filling||£7.76|
|Large amalgam (silver) filling||£19.92|
|Root canal treatment (front tooth)||£41.96|
|Single crown (front tooth)||£75.48|
|Simple extraction (one tooth)||£7.16|
|Complete (upper and lower) dentures||£157.60|
In Northern Ireland NHS dental care is free of charge for children under the age of 18, and for those aged 18 and in full-time education. Dental care is also free for pregnant or nursing mothers. Unless you are in one of the groups entitled to free NHS dental treatment or help with the cost, you will be required to pay 80% of the cost of your NHS dental treatment up to a maximum of £384 per course of treatment.
Below is an example of NHS dental charges, visit NIdirect.gov.uk for more information.
|Examination (basic – extensive)||From £6.68 to £20.96|
|Simple scale & polish||£10.58|
|Silver fillings||From £7.12 to £18.32|
|White fillings (mainly front teeth only with Health Service)||From £13.51 to £35.46|
|Root fillings – molar||£80.35|
|Root fillings – premolar||From £44.97 to £52.14|
|Root fillings incisor or canine||£37.61|
|White crown on front tooth||From £69.48 to £105.87|
|Metal crown on back tooth||From £71.03 to £92.24|
|Simple extraction||From £6.59 to £39.73|
|Surgical extraction||£18.32 – £45.38|
|Full upper or lower denture||£145.07|
|One full dentures||£90.53|
|One partial denture||From £56.78 to £89.51|
What’s included under NHS Dental Care?
NHS dental care provides the treatment you need to help maintain your oral health. This includes keeping your teeth and gums healthy and free from pain.
Treatment is targeted at maintaining your oral health. This includes: dental examinations, fillings, root fillings, crowns, bridges and dentures. Take a look at our NHS Check or NHS Restore pages for more information.
Other treatments such as orthodontic treatments and dental implants are available on the NHS too, but only if there is a proven medical need for them.
NHS Orthodontics (teeth straightening) is most commonly offered to children under 18, who have qualified for the treatment according to a rating system called the Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need (IOTN). For more information on this service, take a look at our NHS Orthodontics page.
What's not included under NHS Dental Care?
NHS dental treatments offer functional solutions to dental problems in order to maintain good oral health. It does not routinely offer cosmetic treatments or advanced treatments. Your dentist will discuss with you your options for the provision of care, ensuring that your expectations are met which may include private treatment alternatives.
*Terms and Conditions NHS treatment and charges subject to patient status and treatment requirements. NHS spaces limited by practice and NHS dental care may not always be available due to government contract restrictions. NHS dental care is available at participating Bupa Dental Care practices only, please contact your local practice for further information.