You can find a list of dentists that are taking on more patients to their waiting list on the NHS website.
Some dental practices have long waiting lists but you can join more than one and see which one goes quicker.
You can get an urgent and emergency appointment without being on an NHS dentist's patient list.
A tooth abscess, broken teeth, severe dental pain and painful bleeding gums could all be classed as urgent.
If you need urgent treatment you can:
- Call NHS 111 and they can book an emergency appointment for you
- Call any NHS dentist and ask for a one-off urgent appointment
- Access the Leeds Dental Institute
The Community Dental Service (CDS) provides dental care for patients who, for various reasons, cannot receive the treatment they need in a general dental practice. This service is accessible through referral from a dental or health care professional.