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Welsh Government Announcement: NHS dental charges in Wales to increase from April 2024

The cost of NHS dental treatment in Wales will increase from 1 April 2024.

The increase in dental charges is the first since April 2020 and are overall still lower than in England. Any revenue generated from the increased charges will be re-invested back into NHS dentistry services.

From April 2024, the three standard charges will increase to between £20.00 and £260.00 depending on the treatment required, and urgent treatment will increase to £30.00.

Around 50% of people receive NHS dental treatment for free in Wales. Those eligible for free treatment include children under 18 or those aged 18 and in full time education, pregnant women or those who have had a baby within the 12 months of treatment starting, anyone who has dentistry treatment carried out in a hospital or people on certain benefits.

Additionally, the low-income scheme provides full or partial help with health costs, depending on individual circumstances.

Where to find more information about dental charges
Who to contact if you need a dentist

If you live in Powys, or you are registered with a GP in Powys, and you need help finding a General Dental Practitioner, please call the Powys Dental Helpline on 01686 252 808.

Who to contact if you have a dental emergency

If you have a dental emergency and you do not have a General Dental Practitioner, please call NHS 111 on weekdays and weekends. If you have toothache or other dental issues you can also find information on the NHS 111 Wales website.


Released: 25/03/2024