It is important that all individuals are registered with a dentist and they have regular check ups. This applies whether they have their own teeth or not. The dentist can inspect teeth, gums and soft tissues and also refer to a specialist if required. A dentist can also help devise a tailored oral care plan.
Routine Dental Access
To find out which local practices offer NHS treatment, you can contact a dentist near you. Alternatively you can call NHS 111 (helpline).
Emergency Dental Access
You may need urgent treatment if you have:
- Toothache or swelling that suggests an infection of a tooth or gum
- Severe toothache or facial pain which is not controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers
- Trauma of the face, mouth or teeth after a recent accident or injury
- Permanent tooth has been knocked out
- Bleeding after tooth extraction that you cannot control
- Serious swelling of the mouth or face which is getting worse 
In this case it is best to contact your local dentist who will have dedicated emergency appointments. If an individual is not registered with a dentist then Urgent care can be offered by calling NHS 111. This also applies to out of hours care.
Home Visits/Domiciliary Care
Home visits/domiciliary care is usually provided by the community dental service. Individuals will usually be able to visit a general dentist, however for those who cannot be taken to a dental practice, domiciliary care is available.