Last year, we published a report Finding an NHS dentist in Peterborough and Fenland about the lack of services in our area. And as a result, NHS England gave extra funding to the dental access centres featured.
Are you having problems in your part of Cambridgeshire? Read on for information and advice on what to do.
Registering with a dentist
You can register for any dentist that’s convenient to you – it doesn’t have to be where you live. Unlike registering with a doctor, you’re not bound to a local catchment area.
So you could look for a dentist near where you work, if that’s easier for you to get to.
Where’s your nearest dentist?
Use the NHS website to search for a dentist near you.
The site can also tell you:
- which dental practices are currently taking on new patients
- if they offer urgent appointments
- how other people have rated the service.
Sometimes, these website records can get out of date. So you should always contact the dental practice direct to check. If information is incorrect, let them know when you get in touch.
Can’t find an NHS dentist accepting new patients?
If you’re struggling to find an NHS dentist which is taking on new patients, contact us for information about local services.
You should also tell NHS England about the issue, as it has a duty to provide routine and urgent dental care across the country.
Do you have a dental emergency?
If you need immediate care for your teeth, you should:
- Ask your regular dentist if they can offer an emergency appointment
- Contact one of the daytime dental access services in Cambridge, Huntingdon, Wisbech or Peterborough which provide urgent and emergency dental care. Find out more
- For out of hours dental emergencies, phone NHS 111 to help find local services
- Visit A&E if you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding, or injuries to the face, mouth or teeth.
Dental care for people with disabilities/additional needs
Children, young people and adults who would not or cannot receive dental care from a general dentist can be seen by DentalHealthCare.
This specialised dental service in the community in Cambridgeshire sees people with a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability.
However, patients wanting to access this special care service must be referred from a general dental practitioner.
Find out more about eligibility and referrals.
Questions about the special care service? Call 0300 555 6667 and press option 1.
Tell us about your dentist visit
If you have had a good experience, or are not happy with your treatment, please get in touch with us, we’d like to hear about it. If you need further help and advice, get in touch with us – we'd be happy to help.
Call 0330 355 1285
Text 0752 0635 176
How much does dental treatment cost?
Even with an NHS dentist, most people will have to pay towards the cost of dental treatment, but some patients are exempt. Find out more
A basic routine examination, which includes diagnosis, advice, a scale and polish if clinically needed and some preventative care, costs £22.70 (as at February 2020). However, if you require further dental treatment this will be an extra cost.
Dental practices usually offer both NHS and private dental care. So check whether you are paying for NHS, private treatment, or both before you begin your treatment.
NHS dentists should always:
- Explain which treatments are available on the NHS.
- Explain which treatments are only available privately.
- Make sure you know how much your NHS treatment and private treatment will cost.
Find out more about what you should expect to pay for treatment.
How to check if your dentist is qualified
A list of all qualified dentists in the UK is available via the register of the General Dental Council (GDC), which is the regulatory body for the profession.