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Some dentists in the UK offer NHS care and others offer private care. NHS dental care is not free (except to those who are eligible for help with health costs) but the charges are subsidised by the NHS. Private treatment involves paying an initial consultation fee, after which a fee is payable for each subsequent course of treatment. Always check prices before you sign for treatment.

You can register with a dentist in the same way as you register with a doctor.

Check whether the dentist offers NHS treatment or only private treatment. You have to make an appointment in advance and must telephone the dental surgery if you need to cancel your appointment or you may be charged.

Alternatively, you may wish to register with the University Dental Service, which operates as a private practice for staff.