Finding UK Dentists



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Whether you’re looking for a smile makeover, treatment for toothache or just a simple checkup, looking for a dentist can be hard and confusing. There are many routes that you can take and plenty of practices to choose from, each having different benefits. Even deciding whether to have your teeth checked at an NHS practice or whether to go private can be a difficult choice. Having your treatment is a big deal and can be an investment so choosing the right practice for you is important. It is worth spending time researching different practices and dentists before running into the first practice you see with your wallet wide open.

Using the NHS has different advantages and disadvantages to going with a private clinic. First of all, the service is free. However, this means that you may experience waiting lists that are months, and in some cases, years long. Furthermore, the NHS will not give you a smile makeover as such, they are a service that provides solutions when you have medical issues. This means that they will carry out procedures such as fillings and may take out teeth, but you are unlikely to get a fresh set of teeth. If you simply want to solve a toothache or gum disease, going to an NHS dental practice may be the best option for you. Your appointment here will be quick. The dentist will identify the problem and simply offer a solution. However, if you are looking to improve your teeth for cosmetic reasons or want to avoid long waiting lists, it is best to go private.

Simply googling dentists near me will give you a range of clinics to choose from. Each practice will differ in their results and prices. Given your budget and specific goals, assess each option. Finding the best dentist for you means finding a dental practice that you trust and feel comfortable enough to make such an investment. Trust is an essential component of the process. Your dentist will want to talk to you about what it is that you’re experiencing and what you’d like to achieve. Being comfortable in the clinic will allow you to open up to your dentist and help them assess what is best for you. This will ensure that you have the best results possible and are more likely to be happy with whatever treatment you have done. 

If you don’t have anyone to talk to, looking at patient testimonials can give you a good idea as to which dental practice to go with. Some dental practices have videos on their websites and others simply have written reviews. Listening to and reading about different patient’s experiences will give you a good idea of what you might experience at the practice. Looking at before and after photos will give you an idea of the quality of the treatment that each dentist offers.

You can find lots of information about each clinic online but the best way to find out which clinic is best for you is by talking to others. If you know a friend or family member that has recently had some dental treatment that you like the look of, talk to them and ask them about their experience. They will give you the most honest advice and will be happy to discuss this with you. This can reassure you if you are nervous about going to the dentist or haven’t been in a long time. Talking to someone you trust can give you some confidence about going to the dentist.

Many dental practices will offer a free consultation. You can book one of these by calling the practice up or sending an email enquiry (there will often be a form to fill out on their website). The receptionist will respond to you within a few days and offer an appointment. At the consultation you will talk to the dentist about your problem. They will assess your teeth and give you a range of treatment options based on what they deem suitable for you. Now is the time to ask any questions you might have. You could even ask to see patient testimonials that have had the treatment that you are looking to get. It is perfectly normal to be unsure or worried at this point but it is important to speak your mind because your dentist wants the best results for you and to leave you with a smile you are happy with. After the appointment, you may still be unsure as to whether to go ahead with treatment or which option to take. At this point, spend as much time as you need thinking about the decision. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get back in touch with the dental practice, it is important that you make an informed decision. Once you are 100% confident with the treatment that you’d like to have, it is time to go ahead and book an appointment.