Dentists complete check-ups to see if you have any dental problems and provide information on how to look after your mouth, teeth and gums well. They can also carry out treatments such as a filling or root canal, if you need it and restore damaged or lost teeth due to decay or an accident.
Some dentists provide a mixture of NHS and private care. If you are unsure what services your dentist does provide, check with your dentist first.
If your dentist does provide NHS services, you can find out what contribution towards the cost of your care you will need to pay on the nhs.uk website.
Visiting your dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic
It is important to know that all dental practices in Greater Manchester are taking appointments but are working at a smaller capacity which may not provide the normal full spectrum of services. For example, routine examinations and other non-urgent care may be unavailable.
However, urgent dental services are established across Greater Manchester. They are seeing patients that have been referred from their regular dentist who may not be able to offer the specific treatment required.
If you need to see a dentist, you are encouraged to contact your local practice over the phone first to allow a remote assessment to be made. You will then be given information on your next steps and told whether you will need an appointment.
Treatments started pre-COVID are being prioritised as well as high risk patients and children.
If you are given an appointment, please be aware that your practice will be observing COVID-19 guidelines and using PPE in line with national guidelines.
If you don’t have a usual dentist and have an urgent need you can call your local dental helpline: 0333 332 3800. You will be assessed and given advice over the phone, which may result in a remote consultation with a dentist or a face to face appointment.
If you don’t have a usual dentist, you can find one by going to: www.nhs.uk/servicesearch/find-a-dentist or use our service below.
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.
Feedback and complaints
Dentists are commissioned by NHS England. If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback or raise a complaint about a dentist, please contact the branch directly or NHS England’s Customer Contact Centre.