NHS Dentist Glasgow

NHS Dental Prices

Do you qualify for NHS dental treatment? Here are some of the criteria:

  • Patients who are under 18 years old
  • Patients aged 18 and in full-time education
  • Patient who is pregnant
  • Patient who has had a baby in the last 12 months
  • Patients who receive income support or certain other benefits

NHS service fees are set by the Scottish Executive. An NHS check up in Glasgow is free of charge and at this appointment a full estimate of the dental treatment you might need will be provided to you. Here is an idea of selected dental treatments on the NHS but prices can change so check with the practice.

NHS TreatmentCost
ExaminationNo charge
Two small xrays£5.28
Simple gum treatment (scale & polish)£12.00
Small amalgam (silver) filling£8.20
Large amalgam (silver) filling£20.96
Root canal treatment (front tooth)£44.20
Jacket crown cast in non-precious metal alloy (front tooth)£116.32
Simple extraction (one tooth)£13.68
Complete (upper and lower) dentures£166.04

Example NHS dental treatments:

Treatments Which Do Not Involve Dental Surgery

Scaling, polishing and simple periodontal treatment, including oral hygiene instruction Per course of treatment.

Treatment of periodontal diseases requiring more than 1 visit including oral hygiene instruction, scaling, polishing and marginal correction of fillings. Per course of treatment

Treatment of chronic periodontal diseases including root-planing, deep scaling and, where required, marginal correction of restorations, irrigation of periodontal pockets, sub-gingival curettage and/or gingival packing of affected teeth, and all necessary scaling and polishing.

Surgical Dental Treatments

Gingivectomy, gingivoplasty and similar procedures, with post-operative management. The first 2 adjacent teeth in one jaw

Raising and replacement of a mucoperiosteal flap with any necessary curettage, root planing and bone resection

Free gingival grafts including raising tissue from a donor site and preparation of a recipient site, with post-operative instruction and management

Simple excision of soft tissue to lengthen crowns in connection with veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures, and/or obturators.

Conservative Treatment

Permanent fillings, including any dressings, pulp capping, or other preparatory treatment

Tunnel restorations in permanent or retained deciduous teeth, undertaken to conserve sound tooth structure as an alternative to treatment.

Additional fee for patients with an exceptional medical condition for the replacement of 1 or more amalgam fillings.

Treatment of any surface of a permanent tooth using glass ionomer cement, where the tooth would otherwise be extracted.

Porcelain Veneers

Facing or refacing a permanent upper tooth anterior to the first premolar, normally for patients aged 17 years or over, and including acid etch retention, other necessary preparation of the enamel and temporary coverage of the tooth

Inlays and Crowns

In permanent teeth and in retained deciduous teeth, normally for patients aged 17 years or over, inclusive of all preparation, dressing, pulp capping, pins incorporated in castings, cores fabricated in the mouth and temporary coverage during construction)

Dental Bridges

Normally for patients over 17 years. Fees are inclusive of all preparatory treatment, dressing, pulp capping, pins incorporated in castings and cores fabricated in the mouth.

Dental Sedation

Administration of a single intravenous sedative agent or inhalation sedation, using a dedicated machine capable of delivering a fixed maximum level of nitrous oxide and a fixed minimum level of oxygen when providing inhalation sedation, by a doctor or a dentist other than the dentist carrying out the treatment to include any preliminary investigation and blood testing.


Provision of dentures in synthetic resin, including all necessary backing and tagging. Full upper and lower dentures.

Dental Emergency

For conditions of the gingivae/oral mucosa (including pericoronitis, ulcers and herpetic lesions), including any necessary oral hygiene instruction and/or the issue of a prescription

For the full list of NHS dentist prices as set by the government check out the complete document on NHS prices here.
Also check out the NHS guide to helping with health costs in Scotland.

NHS Dentistry in Glasgow

The maximum charge on the NHS is £384 per course of treatment. Some patients may be totally exempt from any NHS charges. Permission may have to be granted from the health board to do some treatments.

The NHS service does not cover treatments such as tooth coloured fillings in premolars and molars. This is the same for certain areas where crowns and veneers may be placed. Whitening techniques and implant procedures are only done on a private basis.

Marie from Crookston in the South Side of Glasgow explains why she chose Tweedsmuir Dental Care:

Being registered with an NHS dentist has many benefits for us. Having a big family (and i mean BIG) our resources and budgets are stretched to the max. My husband works all the hours God sends and i manage to work a bit of part-time when the younger kids are at nursery. We have a couple of kids at primary school and our oldest boys are in higher education. So you can imagine our monthly costs for food, clothing, entertainment (which can be limited) and household bills all add up.
Using Tweedsmuir Dental Care as our local NHS Dentist in Glasgow is convenient and comforting knowing that we won't be charged any more than we can afford but also the practice is run and maintained by some extremely friendly and professional people. I don't want to stigmatise some dental practices but sometimes you can look at a building or meet someone and you can just imagine the dental horror stories that could come out, especially if the walls could talk!
At Tweedsmuir I'm happy knowing my family are well looked after in a favourable location from where we live, Crookston Renfrewshire incidentally. There are plenty of Dental Practices around this side of Glasgow but Tweedsmuir rise above them all in terms of friendliness, service and professionalism.
We pay the going NHS rates, kids are free (thankfully) and myself and my husband get free oral examinations and check-ups then there's a fee structure depending on any fillings required.
We will always get an examination then if any work is needed we get an itemised account which details the costs so we know what we're paying.
I would say if you're looking for a dentist, not all dentists offer NHS treatment, some high rollers just go for the big bucks, private dental work, facial cosmetics that sort of thing. On the other hand some dentists don't offer the cosmetic thing and are just a chop shop, get you in and out like cattle, a quick fix with no customer service or attention to the patient needs so i'd suggest looking around the local area and if you drive even somewhere else or maybe on the road in-between a commute from work, just make sure you make the right decision when choosing a dentist as your smile, like your eyes, is a window to your soul!

Marie Henderson - 6 kids and one big kid (my husband)