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    • LisaV
    • By LisaV 10th Apr 18, 4:51 PM
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    NHS Dentist
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    • 10th Apr 18, 4:51 PM
    NHS Dentist 10th Apr 18 at 4:51 PM
    I have been on the waiting list to register with an NHS dentist for some time now. There are no dentists available within my county who are taking new NHS patients.

    So I had really bad toothache, went for an emergency treatment today and they advised I have to register with an NHS dentist formally before I can get a root canal done, which needs to be done within the next couple of weeks if I am not to lose the tooth.

    I call up the NHS helpline to ask if any dentists are available and they say no, there aren't, I have to pay privately. Tough luck.

    This will cost me somewhere around 400, which I haven't got.

    Is there anything else I can do to get an NHS dentist??

    Any help very much appreciated. Thanks
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 10th Apr 18, 5:36 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:36 PM
    Go outside of your county. Many areas do not require you to be a resident to use a dentist on the NHS.
    • LisaV
    • By LisaV 10th Apr 18, 5:47 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:47 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:47 PM
    Thanks! But would I be able to register with them? I understand that I wouldn't be able to get root canal work done as an emergency treatment....
    • panagia
    • By panagia 10th Apr 18, 5:50 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:50 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 5:50 PM
    How far would it be to travel to go outside of your county? Dentists don't have catchment areas like GP surgeries do.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 10th Apr 18, 6:27 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 6:27 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 6:27 PM
    NHS Helpline can only go by what the computer says.

    If you contact your local health board (or primary care trust, or whatever the organisation is called) they should be able to tell you what arrangements they are making for new dental patients.

    If they can't assist you then contact your MP.
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 10th Apr 18, 7:37 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 7:37 PM
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    • 10th Apr 18, 7:37 PM
    Thanks! But would I be able to register with them? I understand that I wouldn't be able to get root canal work done as an emergency treatment....
    Originally posted by LisaV
    There is no such thing as registration for dentists in England and Wales anymore. In most areas , if they have capacity, they can take anyone on as a patient for a course of treatment. A few areas will specify patients have to be local.

    Get a list of the nearest out of county practices to by eg looking on the nhs direct website and phone them direct. Do not rely on the website to tell you if a practice is taking on as it is very often out of date.
    • goodone2
    • By goodone2 12th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:43 AM
    Root canal on the NHS.......hhmmm.....doesn't sound like a good idea.
    Go private if you can afford it.
    • donnac2558
    • By donnac2558 12th Apr 18, 10:50 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:50 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:50 AM
    Root canal on the NHS.......hhmmm.....doesn't sound like a good idea.
    Go private if you can afford it.
    Originally posted by goodone2
    The OP said they cannot afford to go private.

    I have had a root canal done on the NHS with no bad outcome.
    Last edited by donnac2558; 12-04-2018 at 3:29 PM.
    • Faith177
    • By Faith177 12th Apr 18, 10:59 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:59 AM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 10:59 AM
    I had root canal on tuesday as well as a couple of fillings and it was done by an NHS dentist and I am totally pain free. My new dentist was brillant he was so good with me and I left feeling so much better
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