Dental Services


Are you looking for details of NHS registered dentists?

Belfast Trust do not manage General Dental Practitioners that you normally find on your high street, but if you are looking for details you can find these on the HSC Business Services Organisation website  


Toothache?

If you have a dental emergency, please see the links below to services that may be able to help:


About our Specialist Dental Services

Belfast Trust Dental Services provides a range of specialist services in the School of Dentistry, The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and in Community Wellbeing and Treatment Centres across Belfast.

Click on one of the links below to find out more about each service:


How to Access these services

In order to access any of our specialist services, patients need to be referred by their dentist, GP, hospital-based Consultants, or in some circumstances other healthcare professionals.

For healthcare professionals:

Once a referral is complete, please forward it directly to the required specialist area. Where applicable, referrals must be made on the specified referral form for that area. Relevant forms are listed in each of the sections below.

Please note: Referrals will be returned if in-complete or inappropriate.


Location and Contact details

School of Dentistry

If you are coming to the School of Dentistry, you can find more information here:

School of Dentistry - Clinics

Telephone Number

1st Floor – Oral Surgery / Oral Medicine / Day Procedure / Special Care Dentistry/ Primary Care Clinic

028 90 63   5445 
028 90 63   3604

2nd Floor – Orthodontics / Total Patient Care

028 90 63 2256

3rd Floor – Prosthetics / Walk in Teaching Clinic

028 90 63 2307

4th Floor – Conservation

028 90 63 3790
028 90 63 33894

4th Floor – Periodontics

028 9063 33456

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

If you are coming to the Paediatric Dental Clinic, it is located in the Children’s Hospital – you can find more details here:

 Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Dental Clinic  028 90 63 1872

Wellbeing and Treatment Centres

You can find maps and more details of our Wellbeing and Treatment Centres in the Contact Us section.

Wellbeing and Treatment Centres - Clinics                         
Beech Hall Dental Clinic 028 95 04 0319
Bradbury Centre Dental Clinic 028 95 04 2318
Carlisle Centre Dental Clinic 028 90 63 8787
Arches Centre Dental Clinic 028 95 042315
Knockbreda Centre Dental Clinic 028 90 63 1740 (Tue / Wed / Thur Only)


Emergency Dental Services:

General Dental Practices are required to provide registered patients with an out-of-hours telephone number where patients can speak to a dentist within a reasonable period. This information is normally available on the answering machine of your dentist. Should the dentist decide treatment is required then this should be provided within a reasonable period, normally within 24 hours.

Non-registered patients have no contractual rights from individual General Dental Practitioners and may therefore have to contact a number of practices before they find a dentist willing to provide the necessary care.


Community Dental Care

Community Dental Care provides specialist dental care for adults and children with learning disability, compromising medical conditions, mental health problems, physically disability, housebound people and those living in residential care.

Patients who are considered not suitable for General Dental Practice care can be referred to Community Dental Care for consultation.

Community Dental care is delivered in Health and Wellbeing Centers across Belfast.

  • Community Dental Care referral criteria
    Community Dental Care referrals to Beech Hall and Carlisle Dental Clinics are made via
    Call Management for North and West Belfast 028 9063 5300
  • Community Dental Care referrals to Arches, Bradbury and Knockbreda Dental Clinics are made via Call Management for South and East Belfast 028 90565565

Special Care Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry provides specialist dental care for adults with significant physical and sensory difficulties and learning disabilities. This care is provided in the School of Dentistry on the Royal Hospitals site in Belfast.

The special care dentistry department at the School of Dentistry only accepts referrals from dental practices within the Belfast Trust area. Dental practices outside of Belfast should refer to their local Health and Social Care Trust.


Oral Surgery

The Oral Surgery Department provides specialist care for a range of issues including oral cancers, mouth trauma, oral infections and surgical extraction. Further details of the range of conditions we treat is available in the Oral Surgery referral criteria below.

The oral surgery department at the School of Dentistry only accepts referrals from dental practices within the Belfast Trust area. GP practices outside of Belfast should refer to their local Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Oral Surgery clinic.

View a patient information leaflet about your first appointment.


Oral Medicine

The Oral Medicine Department provides specialist care for patients with chronic, recurrent and medically related disorders of the mouth. The department provides both diagnosis and non-surgical management. The scope of Oral Medicine practice includes disorders of:

  • Oral soft tissues ( mucosa, tongue, lips)
  • Salivary glands
  • Neurological dysfunction including non-dental related pain

Referral:

View a patient information leaflet about your first appointment 


Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment can help prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities such as missing or overcrowded teeth and teeth that are not aligned properly. Most patients requiring orthodontic treatment such as braces will go to an orthodontists working on the ‘high street’ rather than be referred to our hospital services.

The Orthodontic Department in the School of Dentistry provides more specialist services for correction of severe problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaw bones.


Paediatric Dentistry

The Paediatric Dentistry Department provides specialist dental care for children under the age of 13 years of age. We provide dental care for a range of conditions including:

  • Complicated mouth injuries
  • Missing, extra and unexplained worn teeth
  • Teeth which fall out too early or too late
  • Patients with cleft lip and or palate / craniofacial anomalies
  • Uncovering or removing buried teeth
  • Gum problems
  • Problems with the skin inside the mouth and the bones supporting the teeth

Referral:

  • Paediatric Dentistry referral criteria
  • Paediatric Dentistry referral is made by letter to the Dental Clinic:

    Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children
    Royal Hospitals
    274 Grosvenor Road
    Belfast BT12 6BA


Restorative Dentistry

The Restorative Dentistry Department encompasses the following specialist areas of care:

  • Periodontal: caring for the supporting structures of teeth – most commonly dealing with gum disease
  • Conservation (including Endodontics): treating diseased or injured dental pulp to save the tooth – most commonly providing root canal treatment
  • Prosthodontics: providing dental prosthetics, commonly known as dentures, crowns, bridges and dental implants

For Conservation, Endodontic and Prosthodontic referrals:

For Periodontal referrals:

Referral forms should be sent or emailed to:

For more information about your first appointment you can download the Restorative Dentistry Patient Information Leaflet

View a patient information leaflet about your first appointment


A note on Dental Implants

Under the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland guidelines, we are only funded to provide dental implants to patients who have undergone surgery for Head and Neck cancer, severe hypodontia (patients who have missing teeth due to failure of teeth to develop naturally) and severe maxillofacial trauma (direct trauma to the facial bones, teeth and nerves causing facial disfigurements).

For more details go to http://www.hscbusiness.hscni.net/2470.htm
For General Dental Practionners - please read this HSCB Guidance letter on Dental Implants