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

    Please contact the clinic where an answerphone message will give you further information.

    A Dental emergency includes the following conditions:

    • Dental swelling (spreading infection).
    • Trauma to teeth arising from an external force.
    • Uncontrolled bleeding following extraction.
    • Severe dental pain not controlled by over the counter medications.
    • Please note – as there is high demand for out-of-hours appointments patients may have to travel outside their area for treatment slots.
    • Patients should not attend any site without an arranged appointment

    Changes to dental practices during the current COVID-19 pandemic

    • Dental practices were significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are currently working through the backlog of treatment that had been postponed.
    • Dental practices are prioritising patients based on their clinical need and access to some routine care, including check-ups, may continue to be restricted.

    If you are registered with a dentist

    • If you experience an emergency or urgent dental condition on a weekday, you should contact your own dentist in the first instance, preferably in the morning.
    • At weekends and bank holidays, you should contact your own dental practice, which will outline what out-of-hours arrangements they have in place and how to access an appointment at an Emergency Dental Clinic, if appropriate.

    Patients having difficulties accessing a health service dentist

    • Please visit the HSC Service finder to search for a dentist in Northern Ireland (in the search box add ‘dental’).
    • The HSC service finder can be used to search for dental practices in your area, sorted by those closest to your address and then extending further afield.  A contact number for each dental practice is available and will hopefully help patients find a practice to register with.  Patients might have to check with a high number of dental practices and/or be prepared to travel outside of their local area, in order to find a practice that is currently registering health service patients.

    Patients having difficulties accessing a health service dentist

    • Please visit the HSC Service finder to search for a dentist in Northern Ireland (in the search box add ‘dental’).
    • The HSC service finder can be used to search for dental practices in your area, sorted by those closest to your address and then extending further afield.  A contact number for each dental practice is available and will hopefully help patients find a practice to register with.  Patients might have to check with a high number of dental practices and/or be prepared to travel outside of their local area, in order to find a practice that is currently registering health service patients.

    Not registered with a dentist and require emergency dental care

    A pilot scheme is currently running to provide appointments to unregistered patients who require emergency dental treatment during the working week.  If you are not registered with a dentist, require emergency dental treatment, and have been unable to access an appointment, you should contact your local SPPG office for advice:

    Southeastern Trust: 028 9536 3926

    Fees: Normal General Dental service charges will be payable

  • 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

CLOSED DUE TO REFURBISHMENT

Dental Department
James Street
Newtownards
BT23 4EG

 

Call us(028) 9182 5602

Bangor Community Hospital

Dental Department Parkview Suite

Castle Street

Bangor

BT20 4TA

Call us(028) 91515461

Lisburn Primary Care Commuity Centre

Lagan Valley Hospital

39 Hillsborough Road

Lisburn

BT28 1JP

Call us(028) 9263 3733

Downe Hospital

Dental Department
2 Struell Wells Road
Downpatrick
BT30 6RL

Call us(028) 4483 8317