NHS dental care at Sheldon Dental Centre

Dental care on the NHS is, for the majority of patients, subsidised rather than free, and we’ve listed the price bands here as a guide. To find out if you are eligible for free NHS dental treatment, please visit the NHS Dental Services website.

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NHS dental prices in Birmingham

The charge you pay depends on the treatment you need. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it – either Band 1, Band 2 or Band 3.

Band 1 – £25.80

This covers an examination, diagnosis (e.g. X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.

Band 2 – £70.70

This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings or root canal work, or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.

Band 3 – £306.80

This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.

Children’s dentistry – FREE

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Free NHS dental treatment or help with health costs

For further information on NHS dental services and dental charges, including:

  • To learn if you are eligible for help with all or part of the costs of your NHS dental treatment
  • For advice on how to get help with health costs

Call 0300 330 1343 or go to the NHS website. Please note that incorrect claims are not the responsibility of the practice and will incur a charge of £100 – so always check before you tick that exemption box! For more information on penalty charges, visit the NHSBSA website.

NHS dental treatment FAQs

Who is entitled to free dental care?

If one or more of the criteria listed below applies to you when your treatment starts, you will be entitled to free NHS dental care.

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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 your dentist 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.

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What if I’m pregnant?

Pregnant women and those who have had a baby in the last 12 months get free NHS dental treatment. You may have to show proof, such as a u003ca href=u0022http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/HealthCosts/1126.aspxu0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noopeneru0022u003ematernity exemption certificate (MatEx)u003c/au003e, a maternity certificate (MATB1) or your baby’s birth certificate.

However, if you gave birth more than 12 months ago, you will not be entitled to free NHS dental treatment. The MatEx only gives exemption from u003ca href=u0022https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspxu0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noopeneru0022u003eNHS prescriptionsu003c/au003e.

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