DENTAL practices in Scotland can now reopen to provide urgent care.
The move, which took effect from June 22, is expected to create up to 10,000 additional appointment slots per day across the country.
Dentists should have received guidance and personal protective equipment (PPE) to enable them to provide urgent treatments that do not create an aerosol (AGPs).
Chief dental officer Tom Ferris said: "Dental practices will be able to see NHS patients who are in need of urgent care for face-to-face consultation, using procedures which limit the risk of spread of using coronavirus such as non-aerosol generating procedures.
"Dentists and dental teams will be aware of the absolute necessity to ensure patient and staff safety as we move to the next phase, as well as public health more generally."
It is expected that all dental practices in Scotland will be allowed to see registered patients for non-AGP routine care from July 13.