How do they work? I'm on a waiting list, but I remembering hearing something about being able to use one up until your baby is a year old. Does this give you preference or something on the waiting list? Because as far as I knew, everyone and anyone can use an NHS dentist. Have been on the waiting list for ages, but apparently in my area some people have been on the list for 5+ years Also, what constitutes emergency care? I've never had a problem with my teeth until recently, where the back molars hurt almost daily. But I can't see any reason for it. I've never had any problems, not even a filling before now.