Dentists - Information and Links
This section provides information on dental services in Wales. It includes links to advice on accessing dental services and provides contact details for dental services and helplines, including emergency out of hours contacts, for the various regions within Wales. You will also find links to UK national dental organisations, as well as information about the main changes which have taken place in relation to dentistry as a result of the introduction of new dental contracts in 2006.
Since 1st April 2006 new dental contracts between dentists and Health Boards resulted in changes to the dental system in Wales. The main changes affect the following areas:
- NHS Patients are no longer required to be registered with a particular dentist. Patients can continue to keep seeing their usual dentist, who can choose to maintain a list of NHS patients to whom they provide regular or ongoing treatment or care. If your dentist is no longer accepting NHS patients they may still offer you treatment as a private patient. It will then be for you to decide whether to accept that arrangement or look for another dentist who provides NHS care. Please visit our Frequently asked questions page for more information on dental services.
- There are three standard charges for NHS treatment. Please visit our Frequently asked questions page for more information on NHS charging.
- Your dentist is no longer responsible for providing out of hours treatment when the surgery is closed. This service is now the responsibility of your Health Board.
Useful Numbers & Links
If you cannot find an NHS Dentist and you require treatment urgently, please contact your local Dental Helpline (shown below). Please note, you should only contact the telephone number/s for the service that covers the area in which you live or are staying in.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg
Covers Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea
(24 hours) telephone: call free on NHS 111 or 0845 46 47 at local rates
Covers Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham
(24 hours) telephone 0845 46 47
Hywel Dda & Powys
Covers Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys
(24 hours) telephone 0845 46 47
Aneurin Bevan Dental Helpline
Covers Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen
9am-4pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-3pm Friday (closed for lunch 12:15pm to 1:15pm) telephone 01633 744387
For evenings, weekends and bank holidays only telephone 01633 744387. This service is available Monday to Friday between 6.30pm & 10.00pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 8.00am & 10.00pm.
Cardiff and Vale Dental Helpline
Covers Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan
Telephone number available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - Cardiff 02920 444500
Cwm Taf Dental Helpline
Covers Rhondda Cynon Taff & Merthyr Tydfil
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday telephone 01443 680166
For evenings, weekends and bank holidays only 0300 1235060
Designed to Smile
Designed to Smile is a national Oral Health Improvement programme to improve the dental health of children in Wales. The website has infomation on: Toothbrushing, Fissure Sealant, Healthy Eating, Dental Screening and Flouride Varnish.
The Oral Health Foundation
The Oral Health Foundation (Formerly the British Dental Health Foundation) is a charity that is involved in raising public awareness of dental and oral health as well as promoting good dental health practices. They also operate a dental helpline on 0845 063 11 88 (open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday) which can provide advice for patients with questions about dentistry.