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Can you go to the hospital to see a dentist?

A dentist working at a hospital.

Medical hospitals do not treat standard dental problems, though sometimes more complex dental treatment can be referred to those with oral and maxillofacial surgery departments. However, there are a number of dental hospitals around the UK, such as the Birmingham Dental Hospital, which treat both regular patients and emergencies (much like a dental A&E). As an emergency, you can check in at the hospital and wait to be seen without having made an appointment. Your problem will be diagnosed and often treated by a supervised dental student, rather than a qualified practitioner. In many cases, the department will remove the cause of pain but recommend that you follow up the procedure by either visiting your dentist, or registering with one of the students at the hospital. Though there is often a considerable waiting list, this gives you the opportunity to see one of the students for treatment on a regular basis as they undergo their training. This option is very popular; qualified dentists supervise the students and any treatment undergone (except the making of dentures) is free.

However, if you have a dental problem outside of the dental hospital’s opening hours, there are other emergency dental practices that can see you. In Birmingham, Scott Arms Dental Practice specialises in fast and effective emergency treatment and has seen thousands of emergency patients over its many years in business. You don’t need to be registered and can always guarantee a same-day appointment. Scott Arms Dental Practice sees emergency patients from 9am right up to 11pm, 365 days a week. Outside of these hours there is a 24hr helpline for emergency advice.

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New Birmingham Dental Hospital set to open in 2014

The birmingham dental hospital lies in the heart of Birmingham, treating over 130,000 patients a year and helping patients with emergency dental treatment every day of the week. The first original dental hospital was create in 1858, and the current building is the 6th replacement built in the 1960’s. The dental hospital employs 400 NHS workers and 300 university staff, making it one of the largest denial hospitals in the UK. Long-awaited Plans are in place to create a new dental hospital, which could open as early as 2014 if it receives treasury backing.

The current Dental Hospital was designed in the 1960s, dentistry was changed since then. The old 10 floor building will be replaced with a new building of fewer floors which will be larger in size. This is planned to make the hospital more cost effective to run. The new hospital will contain 159 dental chairs, a 10% reduction of the previous number from the current dental hospital.

The Scott Arms Dental Practice has assisted the Birmingham Dental Hospital on bank holidays and weekends by providing the emergency dental service in the past. Between 1992 and 1997 the Scott Arms Dental Practice was the official emergency dental service for the health authority. We have provided our emergency service for more than 18 years, treating over 100,000 patients.

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Birmingham Dental Hospital Emergency

The Birmingham Dental Hospital is based in Birmingham city centre and provides dental emergency care for the general public in the Birmingham / West Midlands area . This service operates 9.00am-4.30pm from Monday-Friday. Outside these hours there is a basic emergency service running from 6.30pm till 8.30pm weekdays and 9.00am-11.30 am on weekends.

Many patients who have tooth ache outside of these hours seek dental treatment from other dental practices. One of the main dental services here, which provides additional services, is Scott arms dental practice. This practice is open till 11.00pm, 7 days a week / 365 days per year.

There are 2 types of emergency treatment, one of them being rapid swelling, affecting the patients breathing, and excessive bleeding from an extraction socket site. The second is urgent treatment, which is acute pain from toothache or minor trauma related incidents.

The dental hospital during normal working hours will cater for both of these dental emergencies, however outside these hours, emergency treatment as described above would require treatment at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Edgbaston. Urgent dental treatment, as described above, including regular toothache can be treated by other general dental practitioners.

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