For our U.S. readers our NHS does not include free dental but the charges(see below) are a lot less than the private sector. Jaq is amazed at the prices so I have put some prices below.
This is from the NHS website on charges.
Dental charges depend on the treatment you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy. You will only ever be asked to pay one charge for each complete course of treatment, even if you need to visit your dentist more than once to finish it. If you are referred to another dentist for another, separate course of treatment, you can expect a second charge. Some minor treatments are free.
NHS dental charges from 1 April 2012Band 1 course of treatment – £17.50 ($27)This covers an examination, diagnosis (eg X-rays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or fissure sealant. If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge.
Band 2 course of treatment – £48.00 ($72)This covers everything listed in Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal work or if your dentist needs to take out one or more of your teeth.
Band 3 course of treatment – £209.00 ($313)This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
Anyway off away from Nantwich tomorrow to spend a few days somewhere rural and perhaps if the weather is kind to put some paint on the scrapes below the gunnel's.