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Dentists

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.

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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.

Dental clinics

  • 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.