UPDATE 05.01.21 - Dental practices will be allowed to remain open in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland during the third national lockdown beginning on Tuesday 5th January.

For a dental practice to treat you, they will need fully compliant PPE, to exercise social distancing measures and apply appropriate cross-infection control.

The difficulty in sourcing PPE of the highest quality means there may be a delay before your dental practice can fully reopen while the range of treatments on offer might be limited.

Your dental practice will also need to allow for more time in between each patient.  This means that during the day, they will only be able to see a reduced number of patients.

Dental practices are working to create an environment which is safe for both you and members of staff.

As soon as you are welcomed back to the dental practice, be reassured that it is safe for you to do so.

Booking an appointment

Please do not visit your dental practice without an appointment.

To book an appointment, please call your dental practice.  They will be able to update you on whether the dental practice is ready to open and what treatments they are able to provide.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Wales: From 22nd June dental services in Wales can now move to the Amber phase of de-escalation, meaning all dental practices in Wales were able to open from 22 June for urgent, non-aerosol care.

Scotland: Following an announcement in Parliament from the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on 12 October, NHS dental contractors will, from Sunday 1 November, be able to provide a full range of treatments to all NHS patients within dental practices. However it has been stressed that it is not "business as usual".

Northern Ireland: On 29 June, dental practices in Northern Ireland will enter Phase 2 of the general dental services re-establishment plan, which will include the provision of non-urgent dental care. Starting from 20 July, dentists in Northern Ireland will also be allowed to carry out AGPs, which constitute the vast majority of dental treatments.

For further information check out the General Dental Council's (GDC) website here.

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