Emergency Dental Services

In case of emergency you would normally contact your usual dental practice. For most people this is  a local  general dental practice but for a small number of patients this will be the Public Dental Service  (formerly the Community Dental Service).

During office hours

If you do not have a regular dentist advice can be obtained by telephoning your local Health Board Helpline

Health Board Helpline number
Ayrshire 01563 507 950
Arran 01770 302 320
Borders 0845 300 0930
Dumfries & Galloway 08456 026 417
Fife 01592 226 555
Forth Valley 01324 614670
Grampian 0345 456 5990
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 0141 232 6323
Highland (Argyll & Bute) 08458 332 310
Highland (All other areas) 08456 442 271
Lanarkshire 0300 30 30 243
Lothian Over 16: 0131 536 4800
Under 16: 0131 536 1129
Orkney Patients to contact one of two independent dentists:
Earls Palace Dental Practice: 01856 872 958
Orkney Dental Clinic: 01856 872 030
Shetland No help line number, patient advised to contact local dentist
Tayside (Arbroath & Angus) 01241 432 481
Tayside (Dundee Area) 01382 596 990
Tayside (Perth & Kinross) 01738 450 550
Western Isles

01851 707 500

Patients to contact Western Isles Hospital, for information for local dental clinic in Western Isles)

Outside normal working hours

Most dental practices and clinics will detail emergency advice on their answering service, but for those problems that cannot wait until the next working day assistance is available by dialing

NHS 24 on 111.