Contact NHS dentist during emergency or out of hours

Contact NHS Dentist During Emergency or Out of Hours

Posted on : 30th Aug 2016

Do you have an NHS dentist? If yes, then you may contact him for valuable advice during an emergency. But if you don’t have a NHS dentist, call NHS 111 and get information about out-of-hours services in your area. Also, find out if there are emergency care services near you that provide dental care and treatment.

Anyone can register at an NHS dentist. If the treatment is clinically necessary, you will be able to get it on the NHS. Your dental practitioner should discuss the different treatment options, along with benefits and costs involved with each of them. This will enable you to choose the right treatment for your need.

Your dentist will:

  • Assess the condition of your teeth, mouth and gums
  • Enquire about your health and any dental issues you are facing
  • Ask about your diet, smoking and drinking habits
  • Ask how you clean your teeth and give advice to keep them healthy
  • Explain costs and risks of any dental treatment

They will give you advice on your next dental visit. Though most people believe that dental checkups should be done after every six months, it actually depends on your oral health when your next visit could be and if you need to go within three months.

NHS dental treatments include: 

  • Bridges and crowns
  • Dentures
  • Root canal treatment
  • Fillings
  • Preventive treatment that include scale and polish, if required
  • Orthodontic or teeth straightening for children and young people who are below 18 years

The NHS will not provide treatments like teeth whitening that improve your teeth appearance but are not clinically necessary. Your emergency NHS dentist should inform about the costs and benefits before starting the treatment. 

Emergency dental care

You can access out-of-hours dental services in your area during emergency. For this, you may call:

  • Your dentist who will provide treatment even after out-of-hours
  • NHS 111

You may have to get admitted in the emergency department in case you are:

  • Suffering from unbearable pain
  • Bleeding continuously
  • Having a trauma of the teeth, mouth or face after accident

Make sure you have NHS emergency dentist phone number to contact customer care representative before you leave for the clinic.

Out-of-hour dental care

If you are suffering from severe pain after the practice hours, try taking painkillers or some other medications at the initial stage. You can contact out of hour dentist who will help you solve any oral problem. If you can wait till normal practice hours, call NHS 111 to get self care advice and resolve your dental issues.

NHS dental care at the time of emergency or out-of-hours

NHS dental care is available during emergency whether or not you have a regular dentist.

Both emergency and out-of-hours NHS dental care will cost you around £19.70. You may need to fix another appointment for non-urgent treatment separately, where you have to pay charge again in the treatment.

Many people decide to choose NHS as well as private treatment from the dentist. Make sure the treatment plan includes a complete breakdown of the costs involved with NHS and private treatment, in case you are going for both.


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