do you choose a dentist? Probably one of the best ways is through
recommendation. Nevertheless it's useful to have some benchmark
criteria. Dentecom has compiled the list below, to help patients
make the right choice.
When you use the dental directory, speak to the dentist about the
issues raised in this list, the dentist will be only too pleased
to talk things through with you. Dentists can only provide the best
service for patients if patients are able to feel at ease and communicate
freely, Dentecom believes it can help achieve that.
SELECTING A NEW DENTIST ASK;
Is it the dentist's normal procedure to telephone and check up on
your progress a day after a surgical procedure?
2. Does the dentist's surgery normally run on time?
3. Will the dentist always explain the treatment plan to
you, before doing any work?
4. Will the dentist tell you about an alternative treatment
plan , if finance is a concern?
5. Does the dentist have a commitment to continuing education
and is he/she up to date with all the latest advances in dentistry?
6. Tell the dentist if you are taking any medication, does
he know if other drugs may react with your medication.
7. Is there an emergency telephone number and service?
8. Ask about the nursing staff, how long have they been employed
there. It's nice to see the same faces when you and your family
visit the surgery.
9. Is there a hygienist at the practice?
10. When you have spoken about the above matters does the
dentist make you feel confident about his skills. Do you feel he
has an approachable manner and that he listens to you.
YOU HAPPY WITH YOUR PRESENT DENTIST?
difficult to assess your dentist's clinical judgement. Unless of
course you have any reason not to be satisfied with your treatment
in which case you may want to obtain a second opinion.
You can however review the way your surgery provides its service;
DENTIST SHOULD NOT;
1. Charge you for treatment that needs to be repeated within
2. Begin any treatment without properly discussing the treatment
plan with you, and explaining the procedure.
3. Charge you for a cancellation unless it is practice policy
and that has been explained to you. However, please be courteous
to your dentist and let him know in good time if you are unable
to attend for an appointment. This allows other patients to use
your appointment, and avoids a waste of surgery resources.
A good dentist will do his best to secure the following benefits
for his patients;
1. Freedom from infection and pain. Infection is often the cause
of pain associated with abscessed teeth, root canal problems, and
other symptoms of dental pathology. Proper dental care will help
prevent these problems, and will treat any unavoidable problems.
2. The ability to chew food comfortably. Some patients suffer
from dental problems associated with their jaws and the muscles
in their mouth. As a result chewing food can be painful. The dentist
can investigate these problems, diagnose the cause and suggest the
3. A dentist can improve a patient's speech capabilities
through tooth repair, braces and the straightening of teeth.
4. And finally but not least importantly the dentist can
use the latest techniques and materials to dramatically improve
the appearance of teeth. This improves a patient's self-confidence
and sense of wellbeing.
SPECIALIST SERVICES AVAILABLE
General Dental Practitioner (GDP) is skilled and qualified
to provide a range of dental treatments. Additionally there are
specialists who are able to undertake more complex specialised treatments
in specific areas of dental health. Your GDP can sometimes also
provide specialist treatment, however at times may prefer to refer
particular treatments. The specialist services available are as
Provides diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental irregularities.
Orthodontists use fixed and removable appliances (braces) to straighten
or align the teeth. An orthodontist can provide treatment in the
NHS or as a private practitioner.
Endodontist: Provides diagnosis and treatment of Root Canals.
This involves the removal of the nerve inside the tooth that is
causing the problem, cleaning and filling the root canal.
Periodontist: Provides diagnosis, prevention and treatment
for periodontal problems (gum Disease).
Prosthodontist: Also known as Restorative dentists provide
diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the dentition by using Dentures,
Crowns and Bridges.
Oral Surgeon: Provide diagnosis, prevention and treatment
of Oral Pathology. Oral surgeons specialise in all dental surgical
procedures including wisdom teeth removal, apicectomies (minor oral
surgery), treatment of cysts and other dental pathology.
Paediatric Dentist: Specialist in providing diagnosis, prevention
and treatment of dental disease in children.
All of the services listed are available both
in the National Health Service and in Private Practice.
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