Dental problems can be unpleasant and painful if you leave them too long, which is why it is important to see an NHS dentist regularly. They’re here to help you maintain good dental health and also help you if you need any treatment.
What do NHS dentists do?
NHS dentists will provide you with any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain, this includes dentures, crowns and bridges. Dental implants and orthodontic treatment, such as braces, are available on the NHS, but only if there’s a medical need for the treatment.
When you first see your dentist for a check-up they will carry out an initial examination. If you haven’t seen a dentist for several years because of fear or anxiety these tips can help you ease your fear of the dentist.
At your check-up, your dentist will assess your current oral health, any risk of future disease and advise you on the care and treatment required for good oral health. It is important that you try to keep your teeth healthy and clean to maintain good oral health.
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How often should you see an NHS dentist?
Everyone should be able to easily find good-quality NHS dental services. There’s no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP, because you are not bound to a catchment area. This means you can visit a dental practice that’s convenient to you, whether it’s near your home or work. All you have to do is phone them to see if any NHS appointments are available. If you are new to the area or don’t have a regular dentist, you can get help finding NHS dentists offering appointments.
Please be aware that not all dental practices will have the capacity to offer appointments to NHS patients all the time and you may have to join a waiting list at your preferred practice. You should also be aware that even if you filled in a registration form at your first visit to the practice, so the dentist can add you to their patient database, that does not mean that you have guaranteed access to a new NHS dental appointment in the future. If the dentist’s quota for NHS patients has been reached by the time you contact the practice you may not be offered an NHS appointment. To prevent this from happening visit your dentist regularly and make an appointment for your next check up at each appointment.
How much does it cost?
Dentistry is one of the few NHS services where you have to pay a contribution towards your treatment.
Emergency and out-of-hours dental treatment
If you require urgent dental treatment, please contact your usual NHS dental practice as they may be able to see you straight away. If you do not have a regular NHS dentist in the area contact 0161 476 965 for advice and details of where to go. They may tell you to go to another NHS dentist in your area or local emergency dental services.
Emergency dental treatment will deal with the problem at hand. The NHS.uk website provides the latest costs of emergency dental treatment. Following your treatment you may be advised to make another appointment for a separate course of non-emergency treatment. In this case you will have to pay a second charge.