How do I choose a good dentist?
It is most common that when we find a dentist and we are happy, we stay with them for many years.
The time does come when we finally need to look for a new dentist. This can be because: –
Have you recently relocated?
Your dentist has retired?
You need more specialised treatments?
Or perhaps you simply haven’t been to a dentist for a while. Whatever your reason, here are our important considerations to help you choose a good dentist.
It is most likely these days that you will need a private dentist, rather than an NHS dentist, the choice can be overwhelming.
Before you register, it’s worth taking a little time to do some research and ask the right questions. After all, you want to choose a dental practice you can trust to care for the whole family’s dental health over many years to come.
One of the best ways is to ask a family member or friend who they see recommendation is the most common way to seek help but there are also other factors to consider.
What treatments do you require?
Although many patients are looking for a good general dentist, some are also interested in specific treatments. Such as: –
Specialised gum treatment
Most dental practices these days offer wide varied treatments including cosmetic dental procedures. At Boundary Implant Centre we will prioritise your oral health first and then suggest a treatment plan to help you achieve or maintain a healthy mouth.
When you choose your dentist, it needs to be one that you can attend regularly and with ease. It’s worth thinking about how far you’re prepared to travel from either work or home. Also, consider the time when you’re most likely to want to make appointments.
Choosing a dental practice that is easy and convenient for you will make attending regular check-ups easier and help you arrive on time. Once you’ve narrowed down an area that best suits your need, check the website for opening times, public transport links, car parking, and accessibility.
Also, take the time to investigate their out-of-hours care options.
Is it affordable/ways to pay?
If going private is the only option take the time to look at ways of paying for treatments that meet your budget. Most practices these days offer a range of methods that can be tailored to meet a patient’s specific needs:
- ‘Pay as you go’;
- There are payment plans that spread the cost of care into monthly payments across the year( this is normally for routine work only)
- Finance payment plans.
Sometimes it is best to call the practice direct to talk about costs, you often get more of a feel for people by the voice and tone.
Practices also legally must be very upfront about fees.
Who is going to be treating you?
In the UK All dentists, dental hygienists, therapists, nurses, and technicians must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) to work in the UK.
The GDC is the body that regulates dental professionals in the UK.
You can go to the GDC website to check any dentist is registered, from here you will be able to see their qualifications.
Dentists that work here but are not from the UK are legally required to provide the equivalent, or sit an examination, to register with the GDC.
Dentists also have to register with the CQC (Care quality commission) they regulate the service and ensure they are running in a safe and professional manner.
Checking both the GDC and CQC websites can help you understand the standards of care and treatment to expect when choosing a dentist and dental practice.
Meet the team
Most patients do not openly enjoy going to the dentist but when you do attend it should be. You should be welcomed by helpful, friendly members of the team.
First impressions count. Your dentist should always be professional, approachable, and sympathetic. They should allow you to feel comfortable asking questions about all aspects of your care and treatment.
If you are a nervous patient do not be afraid to just let them know, this allows the team to help the best they can.
We hope this helps you towards finding the best dental care for you and your family.
We are here and able to help where we can.