What is a dentist?
A dentist, also known as a 'dental surgeon', specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of the mouth.
There is no need to register with a dentist and everyone should be able to access NHS dental services.
When to turn to your dentist
Turn to your dentist for:
- tooth pain
- swelling to your mouth
- painful or bleeding gums
- injury to your mouth
- advice on oral hygiene.
How will your dentist help?
Your dentist will:
- assess your condition and if necessary, provide treatment
- give you advice about tooth care and oral health
- refer you to other health care professionals, such as a dental hygienist.
In-hours dental care
In-hours is 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.
To access in-hours dental care:
- For registered patients - arrange an appointment with your dentist
- For unregistered patients - contact your health board for guidance.
Out-of-hours dental care
Out-of-hours is 6 pm to 8 am, Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.
To access out-of-hours dental care, phone NHS 24 on 111.
If you are still unsure who to turn to, phone NHS 24 on 111.
They can help direct you to the most appropriate service for your needs.