The change in policy comes after the Scottish Government invested a further £7.5 million into the dental sector to help boost capacity and build-back to the sector’s pre-pandemic capabilities.
Until now, only those aged 18 and under and in full-time education, those receiving certain benefits (income support, universal credit, income-related employment and support allowance, income-based jobseeker’s allowance or pension credit guarantee credit) or those who held a held an NHS Tax Credit Exemption certificate were entitled to free NHS dental treatment in Scotland. These entitlements will continue.
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NHS dental charges remain the same for those aged 26 and over in Scotland
Unless you are in one of the groups entitled to free NHS dental treatment or help with the cost of treatment, those aged 26 and over in Scotland will continue to be required to pay 80% of the cost of any NHS dental treatment up to a maximum of £384 per course of treatment.
The fee structure for NHS dental work in Scotland is complex and varies depending on the treatment required, but the table below details average costs for common dental treatments.