Page updated: 15 Mar 2011
If your question isn't answered below visit the NHS Choices website for more information or call the Trafford PCT dental helpline on 0845 602 0708.
What happens if I need emergency treatment, or need to see a dentist outside normal opening hours?
If you think you might need urgent treatment and you have a dentist, you should contact your dentist on the usual number. If you do not have a dentist, you can always get urgent care or be treated out of hours if clinically necessary.
How often should I see the dentist for a check up?
The interval between check ups will depend on how healthy your mouth, teeth and gums are at different times of your life. This will change with your general health or lifestyle, and your risk of future problems. Your dentist should discuss with you when your next visit should be.
If you have problems with your mouth or teeth between planned check ups, contact your dentist to ask for an earlier appointment.
Can I mix private and NHS treatment?
After discussing your treatment needs and all the options available to you with your dentist, you may choose to have some general dental treatment provided privately in addition to the NHS treatment. This may be carried out at the same time as your NHS course of treatment. The dentist should discuss the options with you so that you can make an informed choice.
Your dentists should explain any risks, as well as costs, of all the treatment and should also give you advice on how to keep your teeth, mouth and gums healthy.
Mixing NHS and private treatment is not allowed in orthodontics.
How can I claim for help with paying my dental costs?
To find out about free NHS dental treatment and how to get it see Help With Help Costs (HC11) which is available from Job Centre Plus offices and dental surgeries. You can also download Help With Help Costs at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk (HC11 form)
Visit the NHS Choices website for more information about any other dental questions you have. Or call the NHS Trafford dental helpline on 0845 602 0708.