The Dental Association said last year 7000 children required hospital dental treatment under general anaesthetic and close to a 100,000 were overdue for a recall with the school dental service.
President of the association Dr Bill O’Connor said there were not enough dental therapists to provide the treatment that was needed.
He said it was unacceptable that children were not being treated before they got to the point where their teeth needed pulling out.
He said if the government increased funding for the dental service it would improve.
Around 15 percent of children were overdue for appointments with the Community Oral Health Service, which fell below their targets.