NHS based dentist services are available in the UK. The NHS believes that everyone should be able to have access to reliable and good quality dental services. The good thing is that you do not necessarily need to find a dentist within your borough. Any dentist that is convenient to you be it near your work, your home or your child school.
You will need to call your preferred dentists to confirm if they are taking in new patients registered via NHS. Sometimes they may be fully booked and may not have the capacity to take you in. You will in that case go and try to contact other NHS registered dentists near you and check their availability. You may be asked to register in a waiting list. If after contacting several dental practices you still can't find a dentist accepting NHS patients, you should call NHS England's Customer Contact Centre on 0300 311 2233.
What do you do if you have a Dental emergency and are not registered to a NHS dental practice?
In cases of severe pain, heavy bleeding, injuries to your face, mouth or teeth, please make an urgent visit to the A&E at your nearest hospital. You can also call NHS 111 for urgent dental services and they will put you in touch with a dentist who can look at you. By visiting an emergency dentist for treatment, you will always be charged a Band 1 rate of £20.60, which you can claim back if you are entitled for free dental services.