Dental Problems - community services

Patients with lost or loose fillings and crowns, or similar problems should contact their own dentist or the GCS Community Dental Service.

Oral & Maxillofacial Referral Guidance

Please view the link for GHFT's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Referral Guidelines.

Surgical Endodontics

FDS RCS 2012 Surgical endodontic guidelines

Upper anterior teeth (3-to-3)  have the better prognosis. We will consider treatment to upper premolars on a case-by-case basis. Other teeth are significantly less likely to be successfully treated by surgical endodontics. Re-root canal treatment or extraction may be the best option.

Sending existing x-rays with referrals (including digital images)

We strongly encourage (in accordance with GDC guidelines) the sending of relevant radiographs with a patient referral. This significantly improves the running of our clinics and results in less delay for the patient. These do, however, need to be of a minimum quality.

Bisphosphonates & Oral Surgery

Click here for references and guidelines for the dental and oral surgical care of patients who are on these medicines

Third Molar Removal - Referral Guidance

Please refer to the guidance below prior to referring to GHFT's Third Molar Removal service.

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published referral guidelines for third molars which are available at their website (

Patients will normally only be offered surgical removal of third molars if they fulfil these guidelines.  Indications include:

  • Multiple episodes of pericoronitis
  • Caries leading to pulpal exposure
  • Periodontal disease
  • Medical “prophylaxis” e.g. for cardiac surgery or endocarditis
  • Periapical pathology
  • Restorative considerations
  • Fractured tooth
  • Resorption or caries of adjacent teeth
  • Association with a mandibular fracture
  • Prior to orthognathic surgery
  • Association with a cyst or tumour

Anterior crowding, if it occurs in the absence of any of the above, is not an indication for third molar removal.

Please ensure that relevant radiographs accompany all requests so that we can help to avoid unnecessary radiation exposure to patients.  These radiographs will be returned once treatment has been completed.

If you are referring a patient because they request treatment under general anaesthesia please ensure that the General Dental Council Guidelines with regard to risk counselling have been followed and that evidence of this is provided in your letter.

 Please follow the resource link below to the referral form.