NHS Dentist’s in Colchester

At Prettygate Dental we understand that finding an NHS Dentist in Colchester can be difficult that’s why we are committed to providing a comprehensive range of treatments under the NHS, find out about access by completing this form or contacting prettygate dental.

Struggling to find a Dentist.

We are currently not accepting NHS patients at our practices. If you would be interested in becoming a private patient, please fill in the form below and we will contact you about availability.

    NHS dental charge bands

    Band 1

    Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays and planning for further treatment.


    Band 2

    Covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions).


    Band 3

    Covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges.


    At Prettygate Dental we offer a full range of NHS dental services.

    Am I Exempt?

    • Income Support.
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (income related not contribution).
    • Guarantee Pension Credit
    • You are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
    • You are named on a valid HC2 certificate
    • If you are pregnant or had a baby in the last 12 months.
    • Employment support allowance (income related not contribution).
    • You are named on a valid HC3 certificate, which limits the amount you have to pay

    What we cannot do under the NHS banner

    The NHS is an amazing service, and it does amazing work in dentistry but in general medicine and care as well. However, it is not an endless resource and as such it, and by extension we, are unable to provide treatments or cost reductions when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, or treatment wherein the procedures have not been prescribed/recommended by a dentist. We have a vast range of private dental care options available, please do not hesitate to call us.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What if I need more treatment?
    If within two months of completing a course of treatment, you need more treatment from the same charge band or a lower one – such as another filling – you don’t have to pay anything extra.
    However, after two months of completing a course of treatment, you will have to pay the NHS charge Band (listed above) for any dental treatment received.
    What if I need Emergency or urgent treatment?
    If you require urgent care, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge. Most urgent treatments can be done in one appointment and can be booked through our emergency service. However, if more than one visit is required and you return to the same dentist to complete your urgent treatment, the Band 1 urgent charge is all that you should pay.

    Once your urgent course of treatment is complete, you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-urgent treatment. In this case, the relevant Band charge will apply.

    What happens if I miss my appointment?
    The practice requires 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment if you miss your appointment the practice will not be able to re-book.
    Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?
    You do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment if, when your treatment starts, you are:

    • under 18
    • under 19 and in full-time education
    • pregnant or you’ve had a baby in the 12 months before treatment starts
    • staying in an NHS hospital and the hospital dentist carries out your treatment
    • an NHS hospital dental service outpatient (although you may have to pay for your dentures or bridges)

    You can also get free NHS dental treatment if, when the treatment starts or when you’re asked to pay:

    • you’re included in an award of Income Support, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit guarantee credit.
    • you’re named on, or entitled to, a valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate.
    • you’re named on a valid HC2 certificate
    • If you’re named on a valid HC3 certificate, you may not have to pay for all your NHS dental treatment. HC2 and HC3 certificates are issued under the NHS Low Income Scheme – see below

    You will not be exempt from paying for NHS dental treatment because you receive one of the benefits below when paid on their own:

    • Incapacity Benefit
    • Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Council Tax Benefit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Pension Credit savings credit

    Proof of your entitlement

    You’ll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you’re entitled to help with dental treatment costs. This will vary depending on your circumstances.


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    "I'm so delighted with Prettygate Dental, I've had a root canal and crown recently and am so happy with the service and result. It's such a professional, relaxing, friendly practice."

    - Mrs A Boyce, April 2017

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    "I cannot give enough stars to this practice. I have always been a nervous patient, but the competence and professionalism of the staff at this practice are outstanding, which has enabled me to relax and not fear to go to the dentist as much as I previously did. Patients are treated with dignity and respect as soon as they walk in the door, from receptionist through to dentist and hygienist. If all practices took the same approach as Prettygate dental, everyone would be smiling. :-)"

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    "Before I came to this practice I had always had trouble feeling nervous at the dentist. As soon as I walked through the door at Prettygate the staff was wonderfully helpful and calming. The Dentist I had as well was very supporting when I told them I may be nervous and made me feel at home within minutes. I'll definitely be returning."

    - Anonymous, February 2016

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    "I am a relatively new patient at Prettygate Dental, however, in that short that short time I have come to find the staff and practitioners very welcoming and totally professional. I have a young daughter and I will definitely be registering her here!"

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    "After finding out I needed a root canal treatment I was devastated, as my previous dentist told me it would cost over 1000 pounds, fortunately, my son googled the treatment and local dentists, Prettygate popped up and at a third of the price! After an initial consult I was sold, the dentist was fantastic and very caring, I would absolutely recommend, still can't believe how much cheaper they are!"

    - Michael, March 2017


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    "Since 2008 my husband and I have been attending Prettygate Dental. We have always been very pleased with the service received and found the staff very helpful and caring."

    - Mrs G Mcdowell, January 2017

    "My visit this morning changed my experience"


    "Had not been to a dentist for about 2 or 3 years and had to go with a very bad back molar, as like many other people keep putting off going to see the dentist.My visit this morning changed my experience it was really nice and friendly and the dentist was so patient with me and your lovely staff "BRILLIANT"

    - Mr Michael Farah, September 2016

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