Dental prices are a postcode lottery

The cost of private dental care in the UK is revealed a postcode lottery as prices for routine dental check-ups vary by a staggering £170 in clinics across the country, according to new research.


Birmingham is the best-value location for private dental check-ups costing an average of £31, while Milton Keynes dentists charge double the price at £62, followed by London where it costs £53 on average.

Birmingham is best-value for dental check-ups

The research from private healthcare comparison website WhatClinic, based on fees charged by over 12,600 private dentists, looked at the prices of the five most common dental treatments in 20 towns and cities in the UK.


It found the average cost of veneers in the UK is £443 with the best deal in Leicester coming in at £318 for this procedure. Cheltenham tops the list as the most expensive city, priced at £570.

Teeth whitening

For teeth whitening, Cambridge tops the poll as the most expensive city, costing around £385, while the national average is £298. Those living in Plymouth save up to £90 on the national average price, with clinics there charging only £209 on average for teeth whitening. Incredible savings of up to 1,390 per cent can also be made in Birmingham where one clinic charges just £20 for this procedure.

Root canal work

A root canal costs £267, on average, in the UK but if you are living in York you can expect to pay top dollar for the procedure, with an average price tag of £356, over a third (33 per cent) higher than the national average. At the bottom of the price scale is Glasgow, where dentists charge an average of just £185 – a stark contrast to one Richmond dentist charging £950 for this technical procedure.

Dental implants

Dental implants - used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures when the existing teeth are too badly damaged or missing - is the most expensive of these common dental procedures, costing an average of £2,101 across the UK. The price has typically increased by £117 over the last six months and Liverpool is the cheapest city coming in with a £1,427 price tag.

Commenting on the data, Emily Ross of, says: "These figures show the huge amount of savings that can be made by shopping around for dental care, even within the same city. Always be careful of special offers and discounts, do your research, and make your dental health a priority when choosing a practitioner."

Tip: Check NHS treatment costs which can work out cheaper. You can find out charges here.

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