Dental Access Centres
Who is the service for?
Anyone who needs urgent dental care and is unable to access NHS dentist care in the usual manner through NHS dentists.
For information on general dental services provided in the community by NHS dentists visit www.nhs.uk.
What does the service provide?
People can receive emergency dental care to relive pain and infection at Dental Access Centres. This may include:
- toothache or swelling that suggests an infection of a tooth or gum
- severe toothache or facial pain that is not controlled by taking over-the-counter painkillers
- trauma of the face, mouth or teeth after a recent accident or injury
- a permanent tooth being knocked out
- bleeding after tooth extraction that you cannot control
- serious swelling of the mouth or face which is getting worse.
Routine NHS dental care is not available at the Dental Access Centres.
Where can I access the service?
The Dental Access Centres in Berkshire can be found at:
Slough Walk-in Health Centre
Telephone: 01753 635505
The Dental Access Centre is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 12.30pm, and Sunday, 10am – 2pm.
Phone lines are open from 8am. Please ring early to check there are appointments available as the sessions can be busy.
Reading Dental Access Centre
Tilehurst Health Clinic
Telephone: 0118 9452967
The Dental Access Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 12.30pm, and Sunday 10am – 2pm.
Phone lines are open from 8.30am. Please ring early to check there are appointments available as the sessions can be busy.
What does treatment cost?
Normal NHS charges apply: urgent dental care costs £17.50. You may get free NHS dental treatment if you meet certain criteria.