Domiciliary dental care

What is Domiciliary Dental Care?

Domiciliary dental care is dental treatment that is provided in the patient’s home.  Patients will be able to apply for this type of care if their GP also comes to the house for visits because the patient cannot attend their practice.  

Dental treatment is most easily provided in a dental surgery where all the equipment and materials are to hand and it is in the patient’s best interest to have dental treatment in the surgery, wherever possible.  

Who would benefit from domiciliary dental care?

Patients who have severe mobility problems that make it very difficult for them to leave their home for treatment would benefit from domiciliary dental care.  A dentist will visit your home and provide dental treatment.

Those patients who are unable to climb stairs or require wheelchair access can still be treated in a dental surgery, and this would be in the patient’s best interest. Please call the dental helpline on 0300 123 7691 for information about the dental practices that have ground floor and wheel chair access.  

What treatment can be provided at a dental domiciliary visit?

Scaling, simple fillings, simple extractions and the making of dentures can all be carried out using portable dental equipment.  

There are some treatments that cannot be provided in a domiciliary visit because they are more complex or the equipment needed is not transportable.  These include x-rays, surgical extractions and crown and bridge work. If these are required they may have to be provided in the dental surgery.  

Sometimes it may be the best option to choose a simpler treatment plan that does not include these items.  In other cases it maybe possible for a patient to have the more complex treatment in the dental surgery and the simpler work carried out on a domiciliary visit.  

How can I enquire about a domiciliary visit?

To discuss possible domiciliary dental care for you a relative or friend please call the dental help line on 0300 123 7691.