A NHS dental examination in Scotland is free of charge for everyone.

Following a dental examination, we will advise you on any treatment you require and the likely cost. They must also provide an itemised account, if requested.

NHS patients, who pay for their treatment, pay 80% of the treatment costs (including any X-rays), up to a maximum of £384. A dentist can ask for payment in advance.

We charge a patient if they fail to attend for an appointment without giving due notice.

  • NHS treatment is free for:
  • everyone aged under 18
  • those aged under 19 in full-time education
  • pregnant women
  • nursing mothers until their baby is 12 months old
  • those with certificated exemption from payment because of income

Please bring evidence of any exemption with you to the practice.

If your exemption from payment changes during a course of treatment, please tell us.

Read our help with health costs guide for more information.

We may inform you that they have to apply for prior approval before your treatment can be started. We are required to seek approval from the NHS NSS Practitioner Services, for certain treatments and treatments of high value. This process may take a little time and delay your treatment slightly.

Not all treatments are available on the NHS. Cosmetic treatments are not available - for example ‘white fillings’ on back teeth or a tooth coloured crown on a back tooth.
We will be able to explain what treatment is and isn't allowed on the NHS.

Examples of costs for some types of NHS treatment are shown in the table below. Fees are as of 1st Nov 2018.
Please note that NHS fee structure is complex and varies considerably from patient to patient depending of the treatment required. For more information on treatment charges visit scottishdental.org




no charge

Two small X-rays


Simple gum treatment(scale & polish)


Small amalgam (silver) filing


Large amalgam (silver) filing


Root canal treatment (front tooth)


Single crown (front tooth)


Simple extraction (one tooth)


Complete (upper and lower)dentures