Arrangements have been put in place to ensure people across Forth Valley have access to urgent dental advice and treatment. Routine dental services across Scotland are postponed as part of a national drive to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, protect patients and ensure the safety of dental staff.
If you are registered with a dental practice and feel you have an urgent dental need, in normal working hours, you should phone your practice for advice. Staff will be able to provide advice, reassurance or carry out a telephone assessment. Following assessment by the dental practice, anyone who requires urgent dental treatment will be contacted and, if necessary, given an appointment to be seen at one of a number of urgent dental care centres in Forth Valley. People with symptoms of COVID-19 will be seen at a designated COVID-19 urgent dental care centre.
If you are not registered with a dentist you should phone 01324 614 670 for dental advice during normal working hours. Out-with normal working hours, if you require advice for an URGENT dental issue you should contact NHS24 on 111 whether you are registered with a dentist or not.
Advice for People with Braces
Routine and non-essential orthodontic appointments have been suspended at Forth Valley Royal Hospital however braces being in place for longer than planned should have no negative effect on your teeth, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene and avoid food and drink that can damage your teeth and brace. Advice and video refreshers are available on COVID-19 advice section for patients on the British Orthodontic Society. The FAQ section also provides advice on looking after your brace.
If you have a problem with your brace, please try to manage this at home to avoid the need to attend a healthcare facility. Advice on how to deal with common emergency situations is available in the Orthodontic Emergencies Protocol Fact Sheet, also available on the British Orthodontic Society website.
If there is an exceptional emergency e.g. pain that cannot be managed at home with the advice above, is not relieved with wax and pain killers, and repeatedly affects sleeping and eating you may require further advice and treatment. Work is underway to set up remote video consultations however in the meantime photographs of the brace can be emailed to the departmental at FV-UHB.Orthodontic@nhs.net. Please include the person’s name, day time contact telephone number, date of birth, description of the issues and confirm if the individual has any symptoms of COVID-19. An example of the type of photographs to be taken can be seen in the video on the British Orthodontic Society website.
If it appropriate, arrangements can be made for you be seen at an urgent care dental centre.
Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that addresses the appearance and function of the teeth and jaws. Treatment may be necessary for a variety of reasons. In the Orthodontic department of FVRH we treat patients who require complex orthodontic treatment for example:
- Patients with missing teeth
- Patient with teeth that have failed to erupt into the mouth
- Patients with Cleft lip and palate
- Patients who requiring multidisciplinary input into their care
- Patients who require surgery to improve their jaw position
Many patients will not require complex orthodontic treatment and can be treated in an Orthodontic practice, rather than in a hospital.
Your dentist or doctor can refer you to an Orthodontic practitioner who will assess where you would be best treated. If you require more involved treatment they will refer you to the Orthodontic department of FVRH.
If you are under treatment in the Orthodontic department of FVRH and need to change an Orthodontic appointment please call 01324 566429/566222. If you reach the answer machine please leave a message and someone will call you back.
If you are under treatment in the Orthodontic department of FVRH and have a problem with your braces e.g. broken/loose/causing irritation please call 01324 566437 between 8.30 – 9am Monday to Friday. If you are calling out with this time you will reach the answer machine. If you leave a message someone will return your call.
If problem with your braces is at the weekend please call NHS 24 on 111
The Orthodontic department in Forth Valley Royal Hospital is made up of a team led by Orthodontic Consultants.
- Dr B Doubleday
- Miss Louise Greene
- Mr Craig Dunbar
- Lynne Roberts
- Lynsey Keane
- Victoria Lyons
Orthodontic Lab Technician
- James Callaghan
- Roslyn Grant
Supported by a specialist team of dedicated dental nurses