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Dental Patient Charge Uplift 2020/21

Statement made on 23 November 2020

Statement UIN HCWS593


The National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“the Amendment Regulations”) will be laid before Parliament to increase National Health Service dental patient charges in England from 14th December 2020.

This is the fifth and final year of the Spending Review 2015 commitment to annually uplift dental patient charges by 5% for the duration of the Spending Review period.

Following a six-month freeze, the dental charge payable for a band 1 course of treatment will rise by £1.10, from £22.70 to £23.80. For a band 2 course of treatment will increase by £3.10 from £62.10 to £65.20. A band 3 course of treatment will increase by £13.50 from £269.30 to £282.80.

Details of the revised charges for 2020-21 can be found in the table below:



2020/21 (proposed patient charge)


This band includes examination, diagnosis (including radiographs), advice on how to prevent future problems, scale and polish if clinically needed, and preventative care (e.g. applications of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant)



This band covers everything listed in band 1, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or extractions



This band covers everything in bands 1 and 2, plus course of treatment including crowns, dentures, bridges and other laboratory work



This band covers urgent assessment and specified urgent treatments such as pain relief or a temporary filling or dental appliance repair


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This statement has also been made in the House of Lords

Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Patient Charge Uplift 2020/21
Lord Bethell
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Innovation)
Conservative, Excepted Hereditary
Statement made 23 November 2020