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What Kind Of Dental Services Are Available?

Not sure what kind of dental service you may require? Here’s is a quick breakdown of services available in the UK.

General dentistry

Rather than specialising in any one area, general dentists cover the overall health of your teeth, oral hygiene, and routine care. They are the most common dental practitioner and cover many procedures, including;

  • X-rays
  • Dental examinations
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Restorative procedures
  • Cavity fillings
  • Tooth extractions

If you require more specialist help, referrals are available.

General Dentistry

Family dentistry

Family dentistry is similar to general dentistry as the focus is to offer a service to people of all ages.

Dental care and oral health needs will differ between babies, children, teens, adults, and seniors, with specialists available for different ages.

Family Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is the treatment of infants right through to adolescence.
This is a critical stage in your dental development, from the primary dentition (the first set of teeth known as “baby teeth”) through to permanent dentition (the second set of teeth, also known as “permanent teeth”).

Paediatric Dentistry

Restorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry has a main focus on replacing missing or damaged teeth and repairing cavities to save teeth. It can also specialise in dental repairs due to injury or trauma as well.

Restorative Dentistry

Specialist dentistry

Specialist dental professionals focus on one particular treatment to offer expert service. There are six individual patient care specialities which are carried out by;
Periodontists – Who focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of any diseases that may affect the periodontium.

Prosthodontists – Who focus on the restoration of missing and damaged oral tissue.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – The surgeons focus on the oral and maxillofacial region, and surgery treats functional or aesthetic issues caused by injury, disease and deformities, among other issues.

Endodontists – Focus on the blood vessels, nerves, and tissue around the tooth’s root and root canal work.

Orthodontics – The focus of the Orthodontist is on the position and realignment of a patients teeth and bite.

Pediatric Dentistry – Pediatric specialists focus on the growth and development and oral care of children’s teeth.

Specialist Dentistry


If teeth are not positioned correctly, this is known as a malocclusion. The orthodontist’s job is to treat this to realign teeth and correct issues like an underbite or overbite.

This is done using orthodontic treatments such as;

  • Braces
  • Retainers
  • Palate expanders
  • Space maintainers
  • Clear aligners

Cosmetic dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is a procedure of treatment that improves the patients smile and gives them greater confidence.

It is not necessary for your oral health but will provide a better aesthetic result.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Emergency dentists

Emergency dental care is when you require immediate treatment to prevent tooth or teeth loss, stop bleeding, or alleviate pain.

Emergency Dentists

Private dentistry

Private dentistry is an alternative to NHS dental services and can provide a wide choice of specialist treatments.

They will not be under pressure to meet targets so that they will be able to spend a bit more time with each patient

Private Dentistry

NHS dentistry

NHS dentistry offers a subsidised general service allowing patients cheaper and sometimes free dental services.

If you have follow-up work on an NHS dental treatment within 2 months, it would be included in the initial cost.

NHS Dentistry

Frequently asked Questions

To find out what services are available at your dental practice, you will have to speak directly with them. Most dental clinics will offer an emergency dental service, and some may even offer home visits for patients that have difficulty leaving home.

If a dental service is not available at your nearby dental practices, patients can usually recieve referrals to speak with a specialist.

Missing an appointment will not only inconvenience a general dental practice, but it will also cost them money as other patients could be sat in the dental chair that has been reserved for your visit.

Some practices have started to charge for missed appointments to cover losses and encourage patients to contact

Unlike booking to see a nurse at your local GP practice, dental nurses support the dentists and patients during the appointments. Roles and responsibilities include;

  • Preparation of fillings and other materials as needed
  • Supporting and reassuring patients
  • Sterilisation of instruments
  • Processing and filing x-rays
  • Maintaining hygiene standards in dental surgeries.
  • Recording and filing patient information
  • Giving oral hygiene advice
  • Carrying out stock control and management

If you are concerned about your oral health and are on the lookout for local general dental practitioners, all you need to do is find a local practice, give them a call to see if they would accept you as a patient, then book an appointment.

If you are looking for NHS dental care or a specialist for something specific, we can help. Our handy search tool can help you find a dentist near you quickly.

Just enter your location and category, and a few seconds later, we’ll give you a list of your local dental options. We will provide the contact number, address and map, and the option for you to leave a review to help other people make their decision.

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