Phased reopening of Dental Services

Patients should contact a dentist if they require medical help. You should contact the dental practice you are registered with first, or any dental practice near to your home if you are not registered with one.

Face to face dental appointments will only resume once it is safe to do so. The decision to open is for individual practices to make when they have the safety requirements in place to deliver face to face care.

Dentists are continuing to provide advice by telephone, to prescribe medications such as pain relief and antibiotics for a suspected infection. Your dentist may also now be able to fit temporary fillings or adjust dentures but check with your dentist first.

Certain treatments may not be offered (at least initially) due to safety risks, for example treatment involving drilling.

If a dentist thinks you need to be seen for urgent treatment, they will continue to make a referral to an Urgent Dental Care Hubs. Please note that you cannot self-refer to one of these Hubs.

You can still be referred to a Hub for urgent dental treatment if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are vulnerable or shielding, although you will be seen at dedicated sites only. Some Hubs are based outside of Brighton, but support is available to help you travel to these sites.