Bangor Dental Centre at Cathedral Walk in Bangor, is closing due to increased running costs and difficulties recruiting dentists.

The dental practice, which is owned by ’MyDentist’, offered a full range of NHS dental services, as well as private and a selection of cosmetic treatments.

A statement from ‘MyDentist’ this afternoon read: “The practice is proposed to close on 31st December 2018.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and is a result of increased running costs and difficulties recruiting dentists – challenges faced by a number of dental practices in the area.

“The practice is operating as normal and patients are encouraged to attend any appointments they have booked.”

A spokesperson for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: “Mydentist, the owners of Bangor Dental Centre, has given the Health Board notice of their intention to cease the provision of all dental services from the end of December 2018.

“Until then the practice will continue to provide access to urgent treatment for any of its current registered patients who find themselves in unexpected need of dental services.

“We are reviewing the options for the re-instatement of routine dental services in the area.

“In the meantime, patients wishing to seek an alternative dental practice for routine dental care can find contact details for all NHS practices within North Wales on the Health Board’s website at www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/861/directory/dentists/ or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

“Patients who require urgent treatment when the practice has closed should contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/