Community Dental Service

The Community Dental Service looks after those who, because of their special care needs, are unable to attend a family dentist, this includes:

  • People with learning disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Elderly care home residents who are unable to attend a general dental practice
  • People who have severe mental illness
  • People with significant anxiety, phobias or behavioral difficulties
  • People who are housebound
  • People with a significant medical condition

The Community Dental Service also provides specialist care for:

  • Special Care Adults requiring dental care under general anaesthetic
  • General anaesthetic extraction service for children referred from dental practices.

The Community Dental Service places a strong emphasis on the prevention of dental disease and work with colleagues throughout healthcare to improve the oral health of the population.


  • Out of Hours Times & Information

    The Relief of Dental Pain Clinic is for the treatment of dental EMERGENCIES ONLY.

    These are:

    • Trauma
    • Swelling
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Severe pain

    The clinic does not have facilities for permanent restoration of lost crowns/bridges or denture repairs.

    Belfast City Hospital – Relief of Dental Pain Clinic

    7:00pm – 9.15pm every evening

    10:00am – 12.15pm on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

    Patients are reminded that NHS charges apply to this service (unless you are exempt). Tel: (028) 9063 8486

  • Referrals

    The Community Dental Service accepts referrals from General Dental Practices, General Medical Practitioners and other Health professionals.  We do not accept self-referrals.

Community dental team performing a procedure on a patient

Contact Details

Not all clinics are open every day. Normal working hours are 8:45am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45 to 4:30pm on Fridays. Closed for lunch 1:00pm to 1:45pm.

Family Resource Centre

Dental Department
James Street
Newtownards
BT23 4EG

Call us(028) 9182 5602

Bangor Health Centre

Dental Department
Newtownards Road
Bangor
BT20 4LD

Call us(028) 9151 5241

Lisburn Health Centre

Dental Department
Linenhall Street
Lisburn
BT28 1LU

Call us(028) 9263 3733

Downe Hospital

Dental Department
2 Struell Wells Road
Downpatrick
BT30 6RL

Call us(028) 4483 8317

Ballynahinch

Dental Department
Ballynahinch Community Services
45-47
Main Street
Ballynahinch
BT24 8DN

Call us(028) 9756 2641

Newcastle Community Services

Dental Department
Newcastle Community Services
20-22 Park Avenue
Newcastle
BT33 0DY

Call us(028) 4372 1827