Dental Treatment

One of the main NHS services is dental treatment. Particular proposals and timescales need to be published to allow the reinstatement of dental practice provision for all types of dental treatment.

Why the contribution is important

Those with dental problems that are not currently regarded as an emergency still require treatment. For example, a broken tooth or a displaced crown is not considered an emergency. But, given time the broken tooth could infect giving rise to an emergency.

by amw on May 05, 2020 at 01:14PM

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Average rating: 4.9
Based on: 89 votes


  • Posted by Ed May 05, 2020 at 13:50

    Im stunned this is not allowed happen anyway.
  • Posted by AlbaOwl May 05, 2020 at 13:58

    If dentists and dental staff are using the appropriate PPE, I would hope we can access "normal" dental treatment as soon as possible. Dental health is as important as any other area of health.
  • Posted by mg68 May 05, 2020 at 14:59

    It is a disgrace that dental treatment (also scheduled hospital work) have not been proceding. Dental work is as important as other NHS sectors.
  • Posted by Aa May 05, 2020 at 15:16

    Dental treatment should restart as soon as possible.
  • Posted by AlexMD May 05, 2020 at 16:26

    Crazy that they have been closed at all.
  • Posted by LinkTriforce May 05, 2020 at 16:42

    I agree - broken tooth, cancelled appointment to replace filling due to lockdown, cavity getting bigger by the day, won't be seen until it causes an issue!
  • Posted by Scotty141 May 05, 2020 at 18:57

    As a dental nurse I agree get the correct PPE in place and have the practices open ASAP there are children and adults in pain and little if anything being done to help
  • Posted by tmloch80 May 05, 2020 at 20:19

    I currently have dental pain. I have been told that the only thing that can happen at the emergency dental centre is extraction- this is due to the equipment creating aerosols which stay in the air for up to 4 hrs. This should be addressed and dentists should be reopened as a priority. Dental pain is unbearable!
  • Posted by helens939 May 05, 2020 at 21:26

    My daughter and I both have a broken tooth. Having had a bone strengthening treatment following my cancer treatment recently, which can cause necrosis of the jaw. My daughter also had an infected tooth during her cancer treatment last year and was hospitalised. I may say we both have good teeth but nevertheless this is worrying. We were told to buy temporary filling material called Toofy Pegs but this was hard to come by and she travelled some way to find it. In the event it proved worthless. This scenario needs to be given careful consideration.
  • Posted by IainBlair May 05, 2020 at 22:27

    It is bewildering that dental treatment (also scheduled hospital work) have not been proceeding. These are professionals in managing risks of infection, why can they not implement and continue?
  • Posted by MINTO May 05, 2020 at 23:06

    Very distressed that dental treatment has not been considered an essential service. It is a medical service. We have constantly been told that if we have other urgent medical needs that require to be met that we should come forward to access them. What do you when they don't exist in a safe environment. I think it is a real disgrace that no public information has properly been made available with respect to the hubs - where they are in location - and what the associated risks might be. My trust in the health system in this country has been completely destroyed.
  • Posted by marge5867 May 05, 2020 at 23:31

    I agree that consideration needs to be given to allowing access to dental services but this needs to be done safely for staff and patients in line with other medic care access processes.
  • Posted by GKane May 05, 2020 at 23:35

    We need to consider the risk to dentists and dental nurses, that is why it should remain emergency only at present.
  • Posted by murrayme8 May 05, 2020 at 23:35

    We should be able to access a dentist it’s terrible we can’t
  • Posted by Shielder May 06, 2020 at 02:20

    I'm looking at this from being in the Shielded category. I never miss dental appointments but I would be extremely reluctant to go if I had pain. This may sound stupid given there is still no evidence to suggest a period of immunity after becoming infected with Covid, but if I had to go to the dentist I would prefer to see a dentist who had previously tested positive for the virus. I understand why they are closed as they would be in grave danger if treating a patient who was infected as they are not going to be able to wear a face mask as it would impede their vision and could cause many accidents.
  • Posted by jrob May 06, 2020 at 21:03

  • Posted by janetfabb May 09, 2020 at 14:07

    I'm hoping that dental practices will be permitted to open, using PPE and disinfection protocols to protect workers and patients. I agree entirely that there are many dental problems which, whilst not painful or infected and so not requiring emergency care, are quite concerning and upsetting. I also agree that the longer these minor problems are left untreated, the more serious they are likely to become.
  • Posted by maybuds20 May 10, 2020 at 14:02

    We think with appropriate PPE dental care needs to restart as a matter of urgency
  • Posted by Greenside85 May 11, 2020 at 17:01

    As long as patients are aware that the cost of NHS treatment will have to increase to cover the increased cost of PPE, the increased downtime between patients resulting in a drop in income. Dental practices have to be able to function as a business to provide for their staff and their patients simultaneously
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