Restrictions on dentistry, imposed during the coronavirus lockdown, will begin to be eased in Wales next month.

Routine activity ground to a halt amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as many procedures use high-speed drills and other tools which create spray, potentially spreading the virus.

And while dentists have been open for urgent care, seeing 10,000 people in practices and 125,000 more via phone or video conferencing, the Welsh Government is now stepping up plans to start reopening from July 1.

In a statement Dr Colette Bridgman, chief dental officer for Wales, said the move would involve three phases.

The first, beginning next month, will see urgent dental centres and dental practices introduce more treatments, and a full range of care, including fillings, will be available at some local dental practices to everyone who urgently needs them and has experienced problems during lockdown. This group of people will be offered assessment and care first.

The subsequent second phase will see a full range of care made available in more practices and prioritised for people who need treatment, including those who have had treatment delayed because of the pandemic.

And the third phase will see routine check-ups for people with no dental problems and good oral health resumed.

"As normal dental services resume, we will continue to work to improve access to dental services for all," said Dr Bridgman.

"Everyone attending a NHS dentist will receive a full review of their teeth and gums as well as a detailed assessment of any known risks, keeping them informed about good oral health and to prevent future issues.

"We are very grateful to everyone who has been waiting for treatment during lockdown and will do our best to ensure everyone is treated as soon as it is possible to do so safely. Please continue to be patient and to enable those with the greatest needs to be treated first."