Clinical Services

Clinical Mission:

To continue the provision of high quality primary, secondary and tertiary dental care for appropriate patients through optimal use of available resources whilst improving the patient journey.

Dental Services

The following services are provided by the Dublin Dental University Hospital:  

1. Primary Care is provided by undergraduate dental students working in the hospital, dental auxiliaries in outreach settings and by Non-Consultant Hospital Dentists in prisons in the Dublin area.

Acceptance Criteria

  1. Suitable for undergraduate dental students: routine restorative treatment under local anaesthetic. The agreed treatment plan must be capable of being completed in one academic year. Patient must be able to attend on student schedule and commit to any costs involved. The waiting lists are stratified by undergraduate dental year.
  2. Patients unsuitable for undergraduate dental students include: treatments that are too complex, too extensive, or patient management is beyond the scope of undergraduate dental clinics.

Referrals to Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology, Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery should be made directly to each area and marked suitable for undergraduate dental care.

Please utilise the following proforma letters:

Restorative Dentistry Periodontology and Endodontic Proforma letter
Paediatric Dentistry Proforma letter
Standard Oral Surgery Proforma letter

In making a referral it is important to include mobile phone numbers as the Hospital uses text messaging for patient appointment reminders.

2. Secondary Care clinics provide diagnosis, advice and treatment in the following:

Further information on each clinic can be found in this section under CLINICS

Maxillo-facial Surgery Oral Medicine Paediatric Dentistry Orthodontics
Prosthodontics Periodontology Restorative Dentistry Endodontics
Special Care Dentistry* Implantology Oral Surgery (Prisons) Dental Trauma
Type 1 latex allergy patients Oral Surgery Medico legal clinics

*(complex intellectual and physical disability)


  1. Patient referrals to Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Surgery follow the same pathway.
  2. Patient referrals to Implantology can be through Prosthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or Periodontology.
  3. Patient referrals for Type 1 latex allergy patients are via the Special Care Clinic.
  4. Patient referrals for medico-legal clinics are made by direct referral to the Medico-legal Department at the Dublin Dental University Hospital.
  5. The referral letter for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery can be downloaded here.
  6. Instructions for clinicians wishing to send a biopsy specimen the Oral and maxillofacial Pathology Unit is St James’ Hospital can be found here

3. Tertiary care clinics are provided in the following:

Further information on each clinic can be found in this section under CLINICS

Oral dysplasia Joint Complex Oral Medicine Maxillo-facial Surgery and Prosthodontics (Head and neck cancer rehabilitation) Joint Orthodontic Restorative
Facial Deformity Surgery (Orthognathics) Paediatric Dentistry Forensic Dentistry Sleep Apnoea
Oncology and Restorative Dentistry Restorative and Periodontology joint Implantology Joint Restorative Oral Surgery with Sedation Interdisciplinary Dental Trauma
Transplant and Medically compromised Paediatric OMFS Liver and renal transplant patients


  1. Patient referrals to Paediatric Dentistry are as described for secondary care.
  2. Forensic Dental requests are accepted only from Coroners and State Pathologist Offices and an Garda Síochána.
  3. Patient referrals to Joint Restorative Oral Surgery with Sedation are via the Special Care pathway.
  4. Patient referrals to Interdisciplinary Dental Trauma are made through the Paediatric Dentistry or Endodontic pathways.
  5. Patient referrals for Paediatric OMFS are via the Oral Surgery pathway.
  6. Patient referrals to Transplant and Medically compromised, liver and renal transplant patients are via the Special Care referrals pathway.
  7. Clinical/Academic Divisions