Find a dentist
Everyone is entitled to register with a NHS dentist. Finding a NHS dentist accepting new patients used to be the hard part, but we’ve made it easy for you. Just search on Dental Choices to get a list of your local NHS dentists accepting new patients.
It is not possible to register by email. You will need to call some of the dental practices on your list to enquire about their registration process. If you are visiting Dental Choices from your mobile phone, just press on the number to make a call.
The practices higher on the list are closer to the address or location your provided, so start at the top.
When you call a practice, check that they are still accepting new NHS patients and ask what you would need to do to register.
Most dental practices will require you to attend to fill out a registration form before you could book an appointment. The form will typically ask for your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address and a fairly detailed medical history including a list of any current medication you take. You do not usually need your NHS number.
Your first appointment
There will usually be a wait of several weeks for your first appointment. You might be asked to arrive early so that you can fill in additional forms. You would not usually be able to book straight in for treatment without a full examination first. If you need any dental treatment, this will usually be planned at your initial examination appointment, and you will then need to book again for the treatment at a later date.
Most dental practices have strict missed appointment policies that would mean that if you miss or are late to your first appointment that you would not be offered a second appointment. So once you book your appointment make sure you attend and do not arrive late.
If you urgently need some dental treatment and cannot wait to register and attend an examination to plan your treatment then you should seek an emergency NHS dentist in addition to registering with a dental practice.