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Dental Services: Fees and Charges

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average charge made by dentists for (a) crown fitting, (b) root treatment and (c) a check-up. (226267)

Dentists are not paid separately, nor are patients charged, for single items of national health service dental treatment. The present three tier system of NHS dental charges sets the charge payable by an NHS patient according to the overall content of each course of treatment. From 1 April 2008 the patient charge for a band 1 course of treatment which may include an examination and diagnosis, treatment planning and preventive treatment, is £16.20. The charge for a band 2 course of treatment, which includes any necessary band 1 treatment plus any interventions such as fillings or root canal treatments, is £44.60. A band 3 course of treatment, which includes any necessary band 1 and band 2 treatments plus the provision of appliances such as one or more crowns, bridges and dentures, incurs a patient charge of £198. A patient does not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if they are aged under 18; aged 18 and in full-time education; pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months; or are in receipt of certain defined benefits, tax and pension credits, or qualify for assistance under the NHS low income Scheme.

The Department collects no data on charges levied by dentists for private dental treatment, which are set by the individual dentist or dental practice.