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To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), do not visit a dentist in person unless you’re told to.


The NHS will provide any clinically necessary treatment needed to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain.

Decisions about which treatment is appropriate will be based on a clinical assessment and clinical judgement.

Your dentist must make clear which treatments can be provided on the NHS and which can only be provided on a private basis, and the costs associated for each.

If you decide to choose alternative private options, this should be included in your treatment plan. You’ll be asked to sign the plan and be given a copy to keep.

Find a dentist near you

If you need dental treatment in an emergency

  • call a dentist: some surgeries offer appointments at short notice
  • if you do not have a dentist, find one using NHS 111

If you need to see a dentist out of hours

  • call a dentist: their voicemail may advise where to get out-of-hours treatment
  • call NHS 111 to find an out-of-hours dental service near you

Do not contact a GP, as they will not be able to offer emergency or out-of-hours dental care.

If you’re in pain while waiting to see a dentist, take painkillers. NHS 111 can also offer other self-care advice.

When to go to hospital

Only go to 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. Find out when to dial 999.