Emergency Treatment

If you do not have a dentist, The NHS Devon Dental Helpline gives advice to people in Devon and Cornwall on where to find an NHS dentist, and how to access dental care in an emergency.

Dial 03330 063300 or email accessdentalhelpline@nhs.net

When to go to Hospital

Only go to A&E in serious circumstances, such as:

  • severe pain
  • heavy bleeding
  • injuries to the face, mouth, or teeth

If you’re not sure whether you should go to A&E, contact NHS 111, who will be able to advise you.

How much will I be charged?

An urgent dental treatment will cost £22.70 – see Understanding NHS dental charges.

If you’re entitled to free NHS dental care, you should be able to claim back the cost of any treatment.

Ensure you keep all receipts. For more information, see Find out how to get help with dental costs.

If you’re asked to come back for further treatment, this will be considered to be a separate course of non-urgent treatment.

You’ll have to pay the relevant charge for the new course of treatment.

Ask the dentist what the treatment will cost or whether you can have a treatment plan.