Dentists remove tooth decay, fill cavities, and repair fractured teeth. Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients’ teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of the teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. Dentists attribute closures and service changes to problems with recruitment and increased running costs. They say the money they receive from the NHS, and the contract requirements (including financial penalties), make it impossible to provide dental provision in a financially viable way.

dentist and patient

Dentists also have x-ray machines to look to see the problems if there is one inside the mouth. Dentist’s areas of care include not only their patients’ teeth and gums but also the muscles of the head, neck and jaw, the tongue, salivary glands, and the nervous system of the head and neck.


Dentistry in the UK is not free and can be expensive. Dental treatment that is medically necessary to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and pain-free is available on the NHS, but most adults have to pay a contribution towards their care. Most adults have about 32 permanent adult teeth, and the teeth may be divided into the following four categories  incisors, canines, premolars and molars. The most reliable option would be to enrol in an affordable dental insurance plan so that you can get immediate access to benefits and discounts, without having to wait. Most dental insurance plans will cover your preventive cleanings and exams at 100%, allowing you to see a dentist twice a year without paying extra.

At the dentist