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Student wellbeing


There is no longer a dental practice affiliated with the University but you can search for a dental practice in Cambridge by using the NHS service search. Unfortunately very few (if any) dental practices in Cambridge now accept new NHS patients and so students who are already registered as an NHS patient in their home locality are recommended to remain registered to retain eligibility for NHS check ups/treatment.

Find out what to expect when visiting the dentist here

Get hints and tips if you have a fear of going to the dentist here.

Urgent care

If you need dental treatment in an emergency and are registered at a practice in Cambridge call your dentist: some practices offer appointments at short notice.

If you need to see a dentist out of hours:

  • call your dentist: their answerphone may advise where to get out-of-hours treatment
  • call NHS 111 to find an out-of-hours dental service near you

Don't contact your GP, as they won't be able to offer emergency or out-of-hours dental care. If you're in pain while waiting to see a dentist, take painkillers like paracetamol if you are able to. NHS 111 can also offer other self-care advice. 

Only visit A&E in serious circumstances, such as severe pain, heavy bleeding, injuries to the face, mouth or teeth. If you're not sure whether you should go to A&E, call NHS 111, who will be able to advise you. 

If you need emergency dental care and can only access it privately, this is likely to be expensive. Please speak to your Tutor about sources of potential hardship funding if you need private treatment but struggle to meet these costs.