"The dentists explain everything to you and never do anything without your full consent after having explained everything clearly so you feel part of the decision making process." 




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Are you an NHS dental practice and do you accept new patients?

Yes, we are fully dedicated to the national Health service. At NHS Dentist we only register patients on the NHS, we provide all clinically necessary treatment available. Yes, we do register and welcome all new patients. The easiest way to register is online, CLICK HERE.

Can anyone be seen here? (I don’t live in the area/ borough)

Yes, we welcome patients from anywhere. You can live anywhere in the UK and still be seen at NHS Dentist.

Am I entitled to treatment under the NHS? Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

Yes, anyone is eligible to see a dentist on the NHS. Certain people are entitled to free NHS treatment e.g. children up to the age of 18, pregnant women, women that have given birth within the last 12 month and patients on certain benefits. If you claim benefits, it is your duty to clarify with the Department for work and pensions (DWP) if you are entitled to free dental treatment and make sure you have proof of such entitlement.

How much will it cost?

To see NHS Prices - Click Here. To see NON-NHS Prices - Click Here.

How many fillings can I have done on the NHS?

All your clinically necessary fillings are done under Band 2 on the NHS.

How many check-ups/ hygienist visits should I have in one year?

The number of check- ups and hygienist visits you should have per year is entirely dependent on the state of your teeth. On your first appointment, your dentist/ hygienist will advise you on how frequently you need to be seen. In general, a dentist recall varies between 6-18 months and hygienist between 3-12 months.

I want to have my teeth cleaned, how does it work?

After your initial appointment with your dentist, you will be given a treatment plan for clinically necessary treatment. Unless you suffer from periondontal disease (gum disease) cleaning is not considered clinically necessary treatment. However, you may still ask to see a hygienist and have your teeth cleaned on a private basis. You would pay for your hygienist appointment in advance.

Why do I have to pay for hygienist appointments in advance?

In order to minimise lost time from ‘fail to attend’ (FTA) appointments, we collect hygienist payments in advance. You are entitled to your money back should you wish to cancel your appointment within 24 hours and you have the right to move or change the appointment as you see fit without effect on your payment. You would only forfeit the paid fee if you don’t provide 24 hours’ notice. This wasted time could be used for another waiting patient. This helps maximise the use of our hygienists’ valuable time.

Do I have to pay for dental or hygienist treatment?

If you are a paying patient, then you would have to pay for all treatment. Please see price list. If you are exempt from payment you would see the dentist for free but not necessarily the hygienist.

Is the hygienist free if I have an exemption?

If you are exempt from payment and suffer from gum disease, we would treat your gum disease on the NHS since this is a clinical necessity. Within this treatment you would see the hygienist. However, if you are exempt but don’t have a clinical need and would like an aesthetic scale and polish, you would have to pay the hygienist fee. Please read more about gum disease here.

Can the dentist do the cleaning of my teeth?

Yes, if cleaning of your teeth is clinically necessary the dentist could clean your teeth, however, a hygienist is highly experienced in cleaning teeth and is much more trained in just this. Therefore, we advise patients to see a hygienist for the cleaning of their teeth under any circumstances.

I have no teeth, do I still need to see a dentist?

Yes, the dentist doesn’t only examine your teeth. The dentist will examine all your soft tissue i.e. gums, lips, the back of your throat and so on. This is to eliminate any signs of mouth cancer. Please read more about mouth cancer here.

What is Periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is a disease that affects your gums and teeth. It is a very complex disease and can affect anyone in any age group. It is also multifactorial which means that it is caused by many factors such as; hereditary, smoking, oral hygiene etc. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, you need to see your dentist for advice. Read more about periodontal disease here.

My gums keep bleeding, what should I do? I have bleeding gums when I'm brushing my teeth is that normal?

No, if you have an adequate oral hygiene then your gums shouldn’t bleed when you’re brushing your teeth. An adequate oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once per day. You need to brush your teeth for at least two minutes in order to remove all plaque off your teeth and have healthy gums. If you notice that your gums are still bleeding, you need to see your dentist for advice.

I am pregnant, can this affect my teeth?

Yes, as your body is changing to nurture your baby, your gums may bleed more easily or you may have morning sickness causing erosion on your teeth. It is important that you see your dentist for advice regarding diet and oral hygiene as soon as you know you’re pregnant.

Can the treatment be done today?

Some small procedures can be done on the same day. However, most dental procedures take longer and need more time. They also require anaesthetics therefore, it is always better for those procedures to be done on a separate appointment.

How long after a filling has been done, can I eat or drink?

If you have had an injection prior to having your filling done, we do not recommend eating or drinking until the injection has worn off. This may take up to 2-3 hours.

Are dental x-rays safe and needed?

Yes, dental x-rays are safe, but your dentist should take as few as possible. Expect to get them during a first appointment after not seeing a dentist for a while. This helps check tooth and gum health. For regular check-ups, it's about every 1- 2 years, depending on your dental needs.

Which one is the best manual or electric toothbrush?

Your manual tooth brush needs to be medium not soft or hard, it needs to be changed frequently in order to be efficient. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque! Those with heads that oscillate and pulsate are the most effective. There are numerous electric brushes on the market. You need to choose one that suits your needs and budget.

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Whitening tooth pastes can have abrasive particles in them and may, with heavy use, erode the enamel of your teeth. It is therefore more advisable to whiten your teeth with a tooth whitening kit made to your measure by your dentist. This treatment is much safer and more efficient. Find out more about whitening here.

Do you have emergency appointments for the day?

For an emergency appointment, please call at 8am to be allocated an urgent slot, these are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Is this going to get rid of the pain?

During an emergency appointment, the emergency dentist will try and get you out of your pain and stabilise your condition until you see your regular dentist.

I might only need antibiotics, does the dentist need to see me?

Yes, in order to prescribe antibiotics to a patient the dentist needs to examine and diagnose a condition. Your condition may be solved without the need for antibiotics.

How long does it take for the hospital to contact me after I have been referred by my dentist?

This depends on where you have been referred. Generally, as soon as the referral is sent, we don’t get any communication from the referral centre/ hospital. They will contact you directly. Some hospitals are busier than others and can have up to six month waiting lists. Be patient, if your condition is deteriorating, please seek help on one of our emergency sessions.

Do you do braces?

Yes, many of our dentists at NHS dentist have completed further training to be able to provide some types of braces.

What happens if I miss my appointment?

We ask for 24h cancellation notice, however, if you fail to let us know that you can't attend your appointment you may be charged for a hygienist or a non-nhs treatment appointment. For regular nhs appointments, we do not charge a cancellation fee, however, if you fail to attend on several occasions we may close your course of treatment and refuse to see you again. This is only to ensure the provided dentist time is used efficiently and fairly.