Acute dental care

We provide a limited acute dental care service. 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

  • Clinic registration starts at 8am, Monday to Friday
  • We assess patients who have registered from 8.30am
  • The clinic closes for new registrations when we are full or at 3.45pm, whichever is sooner
  • We are not open at the weekend or on Bank or Public Holidays

We can see only a limited number of patients each day. This means we cannot guarantee that we will be able to see you on the day you attend. We recommend you come to the clinic in the morning to improve your chances of being able to register to be seen at this clinic.

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.