Dentists provide treatment to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain.

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 have agreed to provide.

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If you need dental treatment in an emergency

  • call your dentist – some practices offer appointments at short notice.
  • if you don’t have a dentist, call NHS 111 for advice.

Find out more about emergency and out of hours dental care on the website.

Anyone who does not think they are getting the treatment they need via the urgent dental system may get in touch with NHS England’s Customer Care Centre, so their case can be investigated by calling 0300 311 22 33 or contacting

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Your dentist can:

  • provide regular check ups on your teeth and gums (adults should have a check up at least every two years, under 18’s should have a check up at least once a year)
  • teach you how to look after your teeth and gums to prevent problems
  • restore teeth damaged or lost due to decay, in an accident or other reasons.

Feedback and complaints

Dentists are commissioned by NHS England. If you have a question, feedback or complaint about dentist services, please contact the practice directly or NHS England’s Customer Contact Centre.

Dentistry FAQ