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Accessing Dental Services Posted on 8 Oct 2019

Accessing Dental Services

If you do not have a regular dental practice or are new to the area, you can search for an NHS dentist near you on the NHS site (click on link at bottom of this page).

Dental practices will not always have the capacity to take on new NHS patients – you may have to join a waiting list, look for a different dentist who is taking on new NHS patients, or be seen privately.

If after contacting several dental practices you still cannot find a dentist accepting NHS patients, you should call NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233.

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary.

You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

Please do not contact your GP, as they will not be able to offer urgent or emergency dental care.

When to go to A&E

Only visit A&E in serious circumstances, such as:

  • severe pain
  • heavy bleeding
  • injuries to the face, mouth or teeth

If you're not sure whether you should go to A&E, contact NHS 111, who will be able to advise you

 

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/dentists/how-to-find-an-nhs-dentist/

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