The Dental School and Hospital is a major, public-funded institution.
One of our key areas of service is in providing training for the dental workforce of the future.
The training of dentists and dental care professionals is ‘hands-on’. This includes treating members of the public.
In our teaching clinics, trainee dentists and hygienists/therapists care for patients. They are supervised by qualified staff.
Volunteer patients and free dental care
Our need for new patients varies throughout the year, and year to year. We can’t guarantee to take everybody who applies.
One benefit of care in a student clinic is volunteer patients get free dental treatment.
There are websites available with helpful information about dental and oral health.
What We Do
The Dental School and Hospital is a vibrant community.
We bring together:
- University and NHS staff
- students of dentistry and allied professions
- teachers and researchers
- scientists and support staff from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds
Our primary mission is to train student dentists and dental care professionals. These include dental nurses, dental technicians, dental hygienists and therapists.
They will manage, support and deliver oral health services for the next generation.
Research is key, with specialist facilities for basic science and clinical research.
We also link with:
- the University's Medical School
- NHS Trust
- broader facilities and expertise at Newcastle University
- many collaborators at home and overseas
You can keep up-to-date with the School's activities with our news.
Here we highlight the impact our research is having in the wider context of dentistry and dental science.
Thank you for your interest in free dental treatment.
Please note that our students do not provide specialist treatments such as implants and orthodontics. For advice on these treatments, see your dentist. Our waiting lists for free dental treatment are currently open.
Why we need volunteersWhy we need volunteers
The Dental School and Hospital is here to train dental professionals including:
- dental nurses
- dental technicians
- dental hygienists and therapists
These professionals will manage, support and deliver oral health services. They provide a valuable treatment service for the general public.
To complete this training, we have an ongoing need for patients. They support the clinical training of our students. So we recruit volunteers each year for free treatment.
Important applicant informationImportant applicant information
Our need for new patients can vary greatly from year to year and at different times of the year. We cannot guarantee to take everybody on.
Not all patients are suitable for treatment by students. With this in mind, your first appointment will simply involve a detailed check-up.
We will let you know what treatment you need and make sure the work you need is manageable by a student. In most cases, we will be able to take you on for treatment. Please note once again that our students do not provide specialist treatment such as implants or orthodontics. For advice, see your dentist.
If we are unable to take you on for treatment here, we will discuss this with you and advise you appropriately.
Your treatment will be free, but the cost is in your time and commitment.
You will be able to access an application form for free dental treatment only when our waiting list is open.
Our undergraduate students are not able to provide specialist treatment. This includes orthodontic treatment and implant provision.
Treatments and appointmentsTreatments and appointments
The majority of treatment in the Dental Hospital is ‘primary dental care’. This is routine dentistry usually provided by a general dental practitioner or hygienist/therapist.
Our clinical students provide this treatment. It is important each of them gains the necessary experience of routine dentistry.
Appointments with students are available on weekdays only, between 09.00 and 17.00.
Our students have a great deal to learn during their five years of study. They have a fixed and limited amount of time allocated to see patients.
We rely on patients who can commit to attend reliably for their appointments. Appointments will be significantly longer and more frequent than with a qualified dentist.
Failed appointments can have a serious knock-on for our students. Patients unable to commit to attending regularly may not be suitable.
Under these circumstances, we may advise you use a dentist in general practice.
The Dental Hospital does not usually provide long-term care for patients.
Those who have received a course of treatment from our students will usually have to find a regular dentist for ongoing care.
The UK General Dental Council document ‘Dental Patients Information about receiving care and treatment from dental students’ provides an overview of what patients should expect when receiving treatment from a dental trainee.
We will contact you as soon as a vacancy becomes available. Waiting time will vary depending on our capacity but we will try to see you as soon as possible.
We do have an ongoing need for patients to support the clinical training of our students. We will be recruiting new patients regularly.
It's important civic universities like ours are not just world-class teaching and research institutions.
We need to be locally relevant, sharing skills and resources in the service of society. We serve our community with free dental treatment provided by our students.
This takes place in the Dental School and Hospital, and in clinics around the city, including:
- Arthur’s Hill
- Kenton and Walker
Our senior students bring much-needed dental care to local communities.
Student volunteers also invest considerable energy and free-time in oral-health community outreach. Our Brush-up group has a full programme of events, engaging with:
- school groups
- uniformed organisations
- community health initiatives such as Newcastle Sure Start
They bring oral health and dietary advice, as well as information on careers in dental and oral health.
The group also contributes to wider University initiatives. These include Apprentice Students on Campus. This helps introduce schoolchildren to the University and its courses.
Brush-up won a Santander Community Engagement Award in 2011. For more information on Brush-up or other community outreach events, please contact email@example.com.
Dental students in the community
Our fourth years broaden their dental experience with an elective summer period. They work in a different environment at home or overseas.
Many choose to support under-dentisted communities from the Amazon Basin to the Cook Islands. They provide education and routine dental care, often with limited equipment and resources.
Their experiences are life-transforming. It gives them fresh insights on the nature of service and the value of oral health.
Here you will find links to organisations providing more information about oral health.
General dental advice
- British Dental Association: their site includes a public section with information on dental health
- British Dental Health Foundation: provides information on approved mouthcare products
- General Dental Council: protecting patients and regulating dentists
Specialist dental advice by subject (sites with public areas)
- mouth cancer - Cancer Research UK
- oral medicine – problems with ulcers or salivary glands - British Society for Oral Medicine
- gum disease - British Society of Periodontology
- braces to straighten teeth - British Orthodontic Society
- crowns, dentures etc - British Society for the Study of Prosthodontics and British Society for Restorative Dentistry
- root canal treatment - British Endodontic Society
- dental trauma - International Association for Dental Traumatology