The Cork HSE Dental Service provides dental care to children (under 16) and adults with special care needs.
Routine Dental Care for Children
Children in target primary school classes, usually 1st/2nd class and 6th class, are offered dental examination appointments. At this appointment, the child’s oral health will be assessed and any routine dental care will be provided at follow up appointments. The clinic to which your child will be called is based on the location of their primary school.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be delays in scheduled appointments, e.g. your child may be called for their 6th class check-up when they are in 1st year or later.
Routine Dental Care for Children and Adults with Special Care Needs
Children and adults with special care needs are also offered scheduled appointments where their oral health is assessed and routine treatment is provided during follow up appointments.
Urgent Dental Care
Urgent dental care is available for all children under 16 years of age along with adults with special care needs.
If urgent dental treatment is required, please phone your local clinic as early as possible in the day. Many of our clinics do not have reception staff so if staff are busy with a patient and unable to answer the phone, please leave a message and they will call you back.
Children will be assessed at the 6th class dental examination to determine if they qualify for an orthodontic eligibility assessment. Children who qualify, are then referred to the HSE Orthodontic Service for an orthodontic eligibility assessment. Referral for an eligibility assessment is not a guarantee that the child will qualify for orthodontic treatment under the HSE.
Once an orthodontic eligibility assessment has been completed, the Orthodontist may place the child’s name on a waiting list for orthodontic treatment if deemed within the guidelines of the orthodontic department.
If your child does not attend for their 6th class check-up it may not be possible to refer them to the HSE Orthodontic Service at a later stage.
Clinic locations and contact details
Orthodontic Department, St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road, Cork T12 XH60 021 4923341
St. Mary's Dental Clinic, St. Mary's Primary Care Centre, Baker's Rd., Gurranabraher, Cork. T23 VO9X Tel: 021 4225791
Cobh Dental Clinic, HSE Dental Centre, Bishops Street, Cobh, Co. Cork P24 H923 Tel: 021 4811249
Macroom Dental Clinic, Primary Care Clinic, Fair Green, Macroom, Co. Cork. P12 K44 Tel: 026 21501
Midleton Dental Clinic, Hospital Grounds, Midleton, Co. Cork P25 DC43Tel: 021 4631145
Youghal Dental Clinic, Community Hospital Grounds, Co. Cork P36 HX95 Tel: 024 92212