To find an NHS dentist, contact them to see if there are any appointments available.

There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area.

Dental surgeries will not always have the capacity to take on new NHS patients. You may have to join a waiting list, look for a different dentist who is taking on new NHS patients, or be seen privately.

How you find an NHS dentist in your area depends on which UK country you live in.


You can search for an NHS dentist near you on NHS.UK

For dental emergency and out-of-hours care contact your usual dentist. As some surgeries offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if necessary.
If you’re not registered or your surgery does not offer emergency slots. You can contact NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.


You can search for an NHS dentist near you by visiting the NHS inform website.

If you’re not registered with a dentist and you have an emergency follow the local advice emergency contact details.

If it’s out-of-hours you should phone the 111 service.


You can search for an NHS dentist near you by visiting the NHS Wales website

If the dental practice, you contact is full or doesn't provide NHS care, contact the dental helpline in your Health Board area.

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some surgeries offer emergency slots.

If you’re not registered or your surgery does not offer emergency slots you can also contact NHS 111.

Northern Ireland

Visit the Health and Social Care (HSC) website

Check what help you could get to pay for NHS costs and apply online.