A dentist can provide information on how to look after your teeth and gums; a check-up to see if you have any dental problems and if required can carry out treatment such as fillings or root canal treatment.

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Some dentists provide a mixture of NHS and private care. If you are unsure what services your dentist provides, check with your dentist. All dentists have up-to-date practice information on the NHS services they have agreed to provide.

You do not have to see a dentist in Enfield, you can see any dentist in the country as an NHS patient as long as they are providing NHS dental services.

Do I need to register with a dentist?

Dentists no longer need to register patients. Dentists now keep lists of regular patients and provide ongoing treatment and care.

How do I find an NHS dentist?

To find a dentist near to where you live enter your postcode in the search option on the My Health London website

How can I find out about urgent and out-of-hours dental care?

If you have an urgent dental problem on an evening, weekend or a bank holiday, call the out of hours urgent dental service directly on 020 3594 0938.  A dental professional will then assess your dental needs over the phone. If you require urgent dental treatment, you will be offered an appointment as near to you as possible, either the same day or the following day. The telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am to 2pm. For especially busy periods (such as some Bank Holidays), phone lines will be open between 9am and 4pm.

What are the costs of dental treatment?

If you normally pay for NHS dental treatment, there will be three standard charges. The amount you pay will depend on the treatment you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You will pay one charge even if you need to visit more than once to complete a course of treatment. You can find out the latest costs on the NHS Dental Charges page of the NHS Choices website.

Note: you should ask your dentist how much your individual treatment plan will cost before they start your treatment. The dental practice may also ask you to pay before beginning your treatment.

Am I entitled to free NHS dental treatment?

To find out if you are entitled to free dental treatment visit the Get Help With Dental Costs page of the NHS Choices website.

How do I complain about my dental treatment?

If you wish to make a complaint about the care or service provided by your NHS dentist or dental practice, contact the person responsible for complaints at the dental practice. You can make your complaint verbally to the practice or in writing.
If you are unable to resolve your complaint with the dental practice, please contact NHS England.  Further details are available on our Advice, Complaints and Compliments page.