Basically Iam due a check up and think something is going on with one of my wisdom teeth, So I reckon it's a good time to go. Now I have an NHS dentist who Iam not too happy with. And I really don't trust her to do anything too complicated as she bodged a filling up.Plus not be funny but some of the people waiting don't look like they washed for weeks. Has anyone been to a private only dentist and what is the differences in terms of treatment? I have heard you are more likely to get ripped off if you picked the wrong one but they apparently have better equipiment like lazers to do fillings and better pain control.
The bloke Iam looking at used to be Jordans dentist.
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- Thread Starter
- 07-08-2009 17:42
- 07-08-2009 17:53
I go to a private dentist back home and I haven't had any problems. I found I was treated more like a person there than as a number with the NHS. I haven't had a lot done but I don't feel ripped off. I don't think my mum feels the same either and what she can't afford for she just doesn't get it done.
- 07-08-2009 18:02
My dentist is very good, any kind of complex work / cosmetic isn't funded by the NHS so sometimes private is the only option.
- 07-08-2009 18:08
Why not just change your NHS dentist?
- 07-08-2009 23:30
My dentist changed from NHS to private but I couldn't be bothered to move, and glad I didn't - never have to wait for an appointment, personal, friendly service - the surgery is really modern and I feel like I'm getting the best treatment. Theres also not the same 'I've got 10 minutes to treat you and thats it!' which I get at the doctors.
Its not actually that expensive - mine was free for under 16's and now gives me a reduced student rate
- 08-08-2009 01:27
I've used both and don't have a preference.
I went private to have my braces done - On the NHS they wouldn't do them and it was an issue that was bothering me.
I like my NHS dentist, but can see the benefits of going private. The place is smarter and the service is more friendly, perhaps a little OTT for me. When I first went into the private practice, I thought it was like going into someone's house. Compared to staring at the blank ceiling at the NHS practice, at the private place part of the ceiling is glass and I'm watching planes go over my head!
I do feel guilty when I go to my private appointments. I feel like everyone is entitled to the good treatment and modern surroundings.
Though I understand why people go private. It feels like they will do anything for you there, because you are paying.
- 08-08-2009 01:31
I'v been to a NHS and private dentist and didn't see the difference.
- 08-08-2009 01:34
I have a private and I have just recently did work experience with him as I want to go into Dentistry.
I can understand the people who are saying the NHS are more rushed, don't have enough time, etc.
This is because NHS see around 25-30 patients a day whereas private see around 15ish.
Private do make more money because of cosmetic treatment and implants, etc.
OP I would suggest someone you are comfortable with.
If you don't get on with your NHS then go to private, it should be free for now while you are in Education. If not and you can't afford it go to NHS.
Good luck and remember to look after your teeth.