Dentists provide treatment to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy.
A dentist can provide information and treatment to look after your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups help to see if you have any dental problems. Your dentist can carry out treatment such as fillings or root canal treatment, if you need it.
Some dentists provide a mixture of NHS and private care. If you are unsure what services your dentist provides, check with your dentist. All dentists have up to date practice information on the NHS services they provide.
How to find an NHS dentist
There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP.
Simply find a dental surgery that's convenient for you, whether it's near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.
You should not be asked to have an examination or pay for any private work before being accepted by an NHS dentist.
If you need dental treatment in an emergency
Dentists are open for urgent and routine treatments.
- If you are registered with a dentist, call the surgery – some practices offer appointments at short notice.
- if you don’t have a dentist, call NHS 111 for advice.
Do not contact a GP, as they will not be able to offer emergency or out-of-hours dental care.
NHS dental costs
If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, the amount you spend will depend on what treatment you need. Find out more about dental costs on the nhs.uk website.
Some people do not have to pay for NHS dental treatment.