Skip to Main Content Skip to Site Map Skip to Accessibility Statement

Dental Services

General Dental Services Statistics 2021/2022 infographic

General dental Services Statistics 2021/2022 – click on image for more information

The dental team within the Strategic Planning and Performance Group oversees all aspects of the delivery of health service dental care and treatment provided by Northern Ireland’s approximately 360 high street dental practices.

This includes the provision of treatment of general dental care alongside specialist care provided within orthodontic and oral surgery practices.  Our responsibilities include clinical governance, contract management and service development.

We promote safety and quality within dental practices through routine monitoring and quality assurance arrangements and are committed to working in partnership with our colleagues in the Department of Health, and within practice through the British Dental Association and Local Dental Committees to ensure the effective delivery of health service dentistry to patients.

The dental team also provides professional support to the Commissioning Directorate as well as the BSO, RQIA, Department of Health and the Public Health Agency.

 

Useful Links:

Oral Health advice Oral health | nidirect

Accessing dental care Health Service dental charges and treatments | nidirect and Types of dentists and your rights as a patient | nidirect

Find a Dentist / HSC Service Finder HSC Service Finder – HSC (hscni.net)

Out of hours emergency dental care Out of Hours Emergency Dental Treatment – HSC (hscni.net)

Making a complaint FPS Complaints – HSC (hscni.net)

Information for dental practitioners Dental Contractors (hscni.net)

 


  • Coronavirus (COVID 19( HSC service information and guidance
    Information during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Dental practices were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are currently working through the backlog of treatment that had been postponed.

    Dental practices are prioritising patients based on their clinical need and access to some routine care, including check-ups, may continue to be restricted.

    If you are registered with a dentist

    If you experience an emergency or urgent dental condition, you should contact your own dentist in the first instance, preferably in the morning) including at weekends and bank holidays.

    At weekends and bank holidays, you should contact your own dental practice, which will outline what out-of-hours arrangements they have in place and how to access an appointment at an Emergency Dental Clinic, if appropriate.

    If you are not registered with a dentist

    If you experience an emergency or urgent dental condition, you should contact a local dentist and explain the issue you are experiencing.  You may need to contact a number of practices before finding one that is able to see you.

    On a weekday, you can also ask if remote management or referral to the Urgent Student Clinic at the School of Dentistry may be appropriate.  At weekends and bank holidays, the practice will outline what out-of-hours arrangements they have in place and how to access an appointment at an Emergency Dental Clinic, if appropriate.