Resumption of Dental Services

The NHS has announced the full resumption of routine dental care commencing Monday 8 June.

All dental practices have been asked to commence opening from Monday 8 June for all face to face care, where practices assess that they have the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection prevention and control (IPC) requirements in place.

Practices are being advised that the scheduling of patients for treatment as services resume should take into account:

• the urgency of needs
• the particular unmet needs of vulnerable groups
• available capacity to undertake activity

Progression to resumption of the full range of routine dental care will be risk-managed by the individual practice and can include aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs), subject to following the necessary IPC and PPE requirements. Dental practices should also take steps to risk assess their workforce and take commensurate actions.
There also remains a need to be able to respond to any local or national re-imposition of public health measures should they arise.