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 website

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.