Most of the treatment provided by the Dental Hospital and School is routine dentistry that would usually be provided by a high street Dentist, Hygienist or Dental Therapist. Free Dental treatment is provided by our undergraduate clinical students, and it is important that each one of them gains the necessary experience of routine dentistry in adults and children before we can allow them to qualify and practice independently. Students are always supervised by a qualified Dentist or Dental therapist.
You may be eligible for treatment if you need:
- routine fillings
- simple gum treatment
- limited crowns and bridgework
- root canal fillings
- teeth removed
Not all patients are suitable for treatment by students. With this in mind, your first appointment will involve a check-up of your teeth and mouth when a qualified member of staff will let you know what treatment is likely to be needed and to make sure that your treatment could be completed by an undergraduate student. To arrange an appointment to assess your suitability for student treatment, please come into the Hospital to complete a registration form or download the forms here and post to the following address:
Referrals Team, Dundee Dental Hospital & School, 2 Park Place, Dundee, DD1 4HR
The following treatments are not provided by our undergraduate students.
- Dental implants
- Tooth whitening
- Repeated and complicated root canal treatment
- Complicated crown and bridge work
In most cases, undergraduate student treatment is not suitable for the following patients.
- Patients requiring hospital transport
- Patients unable to cope with long appointments
- Patients unable to lie flat in a dental chair
- Patients with complex or significant medical problems
- Patients requiring treatment under sedation
- Patients unable to give independent informed consent
Your child may be eligible for treatment by our undergraduate students if they need
- Fissure sealants and other preventive measures
- Routine fillings
- Stainless steel crowns
- Teeth removed
As with adult patients, the care that your child needs may not be suitable for our undergraduate students. If this is the case, we will let you know and advise you who should provide the necessary care.
Our students have a fixed and limited amount of time to see patients so we rely on patients who can commit to attend reliably for their appointments. Students get their work checked by staff at each stage which means that their appointments will normally be longer and more frequent than would be expected for treatment from a high street dentist.
If you fail to attend appointments or cancel appointments last minute, this can have a significant impact on our students. Patients who cannot commit to attending regularly may not be suitable for treatment by one of our students. Under these circumstances, we may advise you to seek treatment elsewhere. Your treatment will be provided for free, but the cost is in your time and commitment.
Emergency dental treatment will not be provided by your allocated dental student. If this is required, you may attend dental A+E on the first floor. For out of hours care, patients may access services via NHS Tayside or NHS 24 (dial 111).