Acute dental care

Our acute dental care service is available each morning, Monday to Friday .
We no longer run afternoon clinics.

We can only see a limited number of patients each day. We recommend that you register early to improve your chances of being seen.

Treatment at this clinic is provided by dentists in training and junior clinical staff under the supervision of senior clinicians. This means that we can see far fewer patients during university holidays, during the Christmas and Easter periods and from June to mid-September.

Opening hours

  • Clinics run from 8.30am - 12.30pm, Monday to Friday. There are no longer any clinics in the afternoon
  • Registration starts at 8am
  • Assessments for patients who have registered begin from 8.30am
  • The clinic closes for new registrations when we are full
  • We are closed on Bank and Public Holidays

If you are unable to register with us and require urgent dental treatment, you can

  • book an appointment with your registered dentist.
  • visit a walk-in clinic - for more information visit NHS Choices or call 111, the NHS non-emergency helpline.

Using our service


You must come in person to an Acute Dental Care clinic session at King’s Dental Institute to register. You cannot register by phone or make an appointment.


Once you have registered we will see you at that clinic session to assess your problem. But we cannot guarantee to provide the treatment you need – we may ask you to go to your local NHS dentist for care instead.


We may offer you treatment after we have assessed you.

What we can treat

We treat a limited range of urgent problems

  • severe dental infections
  • facial swellings
  • recent dental trauma (injury)

What we cannot treat

We do not provide

  • routine dental treatment
  • repairs to dentures
  • recementing of crowns and bridges

For these types of dental care, visit your local NHS dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist you can find your nearest dental practice using NHS Choices.