Chingford Smile Club

NHS Dentistry

from a conveniently located dental practice in London

Good oral hygiene is important, and we firmly believe that everyone should have access to good quality, NHS dental services at a reasonable cost.


NHS or Private?

It is important to understand that there are differences between NHS services and those offered privately. For example, our private dental services offer a wider range of treatments and different materials than our NHS services.

Before you begin a course of treatment please make sure you know if you are being treated privately or as an NHS patient. This is likely to affect the price you pay and the level of service you are entitled to in terms of timings and availability.

If you wish to find out more about the Cosmetic Dentistry we offer privately, your dentist will be more than happy to discuss these treatments with you.

The choice between NHS and private dental treatment is yours. If you are unsure about the most suitable route for you and your family, please ask us to explain the differences so that you can make an informed choice and be comfortable with the decision you make.

NHS dentistry is not free for everyone. The fees for NHS dentistry are set by the NHS and are listed on our NHS Fees page. People on certain benefits may be entitled to free NHS dentistry.

NHS Services

The NHS service we provide include:

  • Clinical examination and report
    Basic fillings
  • Scaling for tartar removal (hygienist not available on NHS)
  • Some tooth extractions
  • Some basic tooth restorations
  • Some basic crown and bridge work
  • Root canal treatment (if within the capability of our NHS general dentist)
  • Some dentures
  • Cosmetic treatments such as cosmetic white fillings and crowns, tooth/cleaning polishing for non-health reasons, veneers,
  • Implants and teeth whitening are not available on the NHS.

NHS Fees as of 24 April 2023

We will provide you with a written individual treatment plan and transparent, written treatment costs. NHS treatment is categorised into three bands.

Charges apply to courses of treatment rather than each individual item or visit. Additional treatment is provided cost free if it is in the same band (or less) and within two months of completing a course of treatment.

For non-exempt / paying NHS patients:


£26.80 Treatment deemed necessary to alleviate toothache when not under a course of treatment.


£26.80 Dental examination, x-rays if needed, scale and polish if deemed clinically necessary by dentist, oral healthcare and prevention advice. Some fissure sealants. All items to diagnose and prevent decay.


£73.50 All band one items PLUS fillings, root canals, tooth extractions, wisdom tooth extractions.


£319.10 All bands one and two plus any laboratory work e.g. crown, bridge, inlay, dentures, Some treatments of missing teeth.


You may be exempt from your dental charges if either you or your partner, receive either:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, or
  • Guarantee Pension Credit, or
  • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate, or
  • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate.

PARTIAL HELP: If you hold a valid HC3 certificate, you might get some help towards the cost of your NHS dental treatment. The certificate tells you how much you will have to pay

Dental implants, Teeth Whitening, Cosmetic dentistry.