What is a dentist?
Dentists (also known as dental surgeons) provide a wide range of services to treat or prevent conditions affecting the mouth such as dental decay.
Dentists in England may offer private or NHS treatment or a mixture of both. Dental practices can vary in size from a sole trader operating alone to large organisations with practices spread across the country.
A fresh start to the way we inspect and regulate dental care services
Download the document below to find out about the changes we're making to the way we inspect and regulate dental care services.
Types of dentist
There are three main types of dentist you can search for on this website: dental clinics, NHS hospital dental services and private hospital dental services. You can use the links below to find the services you need.
- Includes all dental surgeries
- Can be paid for by the NHS or privately.
- More than 90 per cent are run from a single location.
Hospital dental services
- Services offered may be more complex than those offered by ‘high street’ dental clinics.
- They may include the treatment of conditions affecting the facial bones, jaws and salivary glands.
What our icons mean
These checks were carried out under the inspection model we've used since 2009. These will gradually be replaced by our new ratings (see right).
|All standards were being met when we inspected the service. If this service has not had a CQC inspection since it registered with us, our judgement may be based on our assessment of declarations and evidence supplied by the service.|
|At least one standard in this area was not being met when we inspected the service and we required improvements.|
|At least one standard in this area was not being met when we inspected the service and we have taken enforcement action.|
New inspection ratings
We're moving to our new inspection model and rate services according to how safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led they are, using four levels:
|Outstanding – the service is performing exceptionally well.|
|Good - the service is performing well and meeting our expectations.|
|Requires improvement – the service isn't performing as well as it should and we have told the service how it must improve.|
|Inadequate – the service is performing badly and we've taken enforcement action against the provider of the service.|
|No rating/under appeal/rating suspended – there are some services which we can’t rate, while some might be under appeal from the provider. Suspended ratings are being reviewed by us and will be published soon.|