An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what can we do about dentists? If you like me or the majority of people, you’ve had a cavity or some other affliction that requires recurring dental work.
The way our culture works has emphasized putting people in a dentist’s chair over advocating for personal responsibility and personal maintenance. The result has been a good bit of our population needing all types of procedures.
While you may have gotten past needed the procedures the issue of finding a dentist you’re comfortable with may still persist. I don’t know about you, but the thought of being stuck in a chair with some monster drilling away into my mouth is quite concerning.
If you’re looking for a dentist, the first place you’ll likely turn to is the NHS. If you’re the type that’s riddled with cavities, fillings or other hardware you may need to see a specialist and find a good one through them can be a little less than easy.
If you take a look at the General Dental Council’s website you’ll notice that there isn’t enough information to base a choice off of. It’s names, titles and dates with nothing else to go by. This can be off-putting if you’re looking for specific specialities or just want more information.
In a culture where people usually have the capability to inform themselves before making a decision, this can be frustrating. It lacks information on specialities or any performance reviews. You’re basically going in blind. This means you need to do your own digging.
Unfortunately, you can’t start with your public sector dentist. Doing that would be admitting that you aren’t happy with the quality of their work. Some would choose to ask a friend or coworker. This can be a good idea, but if they need different procedures they may not know how well their dentist does what you need, or if they do it at all.
So, what this means is you have to ask around or type different dentist until you find the one you’re comfortable with. These are some things you should be looking for on the registry and asking colleagues for recommendations:
- Proper registration
- That all qualifications have been completed
- The way they conduct themselves during your appointment
- The standards that practice holds themselves to
- The technology in use in their office
The easiest disqualifier for a cosmetic dentists London is registration. This is one time the General Dental Coucil’s website is perfect. In order to operate within the UK, all dental practioners, be they dentist, nurses, technitians, hygenists etc. have to be registered with GDC.
Ensure their education and certifications have been completed
The standard for a general dentist is five years of undergraduate training and successfully being awared their Bachelor of Dental Surgery. Anything less than that should be avoided. If you’re really thorough, proof of continued development should be around the practice. Like anything else, a proper dentist is always trying to learn and improve.
Take note of how you or others are treated during your visit
Professionalism is everything, especially in the medical field. Your doesn’t have to be your best mate, but s/he should be respectful and polite. As a subject matter expert they should be able to answer any questions you have about the risks or benefits of procedures and know how to be sympathetic to those that may be nervous.
Hygiene is paramount as are general ethics
Dental practices should spotless. A tidy and well organized facility will always be more comfortable than if it were otherwise. Unless you’re into a horror film themed practice demand this of any practice you’d go to.
Once you’re sure you aren’t walking into a Saw remake get a proper grasp of their business ethics. Are they transparent about prices and do they provide costs estimates? Do you have to ask for information or are they happy to let you know what you need?
If they feel like they’re trying to swindle you, they might be.
Check for up to date technology
If you aren’t a dental specialist yourself, this one can be a bit difficult, but there are sources online to bring you up to speed on what to look for. Any good dentist will stay current on modern methods and their correspecting technology, so if you made it this far into your checklist they’re probably good.
Location, location, location
This one could’ve been first, but quality of the practice is more important to many. A practice close to home makes attending regularly a breeze, so if you can find one that matches your standards being close is icing on the cake.