Dental examinations and treatment
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for free dental treatment.
NHS dental examinations are free for everyone living in Scotland. If you live in Wales, you can get free NHS dental examinations if you’re under 25 or over 60, but any treatment resulting from the examination will carry a charge.
There is a cost for NHS dental examinations in England, but you may qualify for a free examination if you meet one or more of the criteria below.
In England, Scotland and Wales, you qualify for free NHS dental treatment and dentures if, when the treatment starts, you meet one or more of the criteria below. In England, meeting one of these criteria also means you can get your examination free of charge:
You’re under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education.
You’re pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 months.
You receive a valid war pension and need treatment for your war disability.
You’re an NHS hospital inpatient and the treatment is carried out by a hospital dentist.
You’re an NHS hospital dental service outpatient (but there may be a charge for dentures and bridges).
Your weekly income is low enough (see details of the Low Income Scheme).
You’re included in an award of: Income Support; the guarantee element of Pension Credit; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; or Universal Credit.
You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.
You’ll need to show your dentist proof that you qualify, for example the letter showing which benefits you receive.
In Northern Ireland
You may be entitled to free Health Service dental treatment if you are on a low income. Visit nidirect.gov.uk for information on help with health care costs.