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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 04 Mar 19 10.41am Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

I would be interested to hear peoples experiences.

I had the same NHS dentist for 40 years until he retired last year and handed his practice over. He was great I still have fillings he put in as a boy.

Recently I have had tooth ache it took me 10 days to get an emergency appointment with my new NHS dentist. "You need a filling or possibly root canal I can do this in 4 weeks time." But I am in pain I protested, sorry its the best I can do.

I went home in a rage and got the name of a private dentist from a neighbour he saw me same day and said the same as her "we'll try a new filling if that doesn't work root canal." It hasn't and this morning I called and have an appointment 1st thing tomorrow.

This is probably going to cost around £500 for the work and a crown I suspect on the NHS it maybe £300?

Anyway I have always looked after my teeth, 6 month check ups etc but I feel this NHS dentist has really let me down.

What are your experiences?

 


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View becky's Profile becky Flag over the moon 04 Mar 19 11.22am Send a Private Message to becky Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add becky as a friend

I used the Kent House Dental Centre in Beckham Road for many years - surgery a bit tatty, but lovely, caring people and always managed to fit you in in an emergency. The old man who started has now retired, but his son, Sej is now in charge and was the one I used to see.

NHS down here in Somerset is fine - again I have a lovely practice in Crewkerne who are very efficient, despite having a fairly high turnover of dental staff.

 

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View Hrolf The Ganger's Profile Hrolf The Ganger Flag 04 Mar 19 12.25pm Send a Private Message to Hrolf The Ganger Add Hrolf The Ganger as a friend

I just had to replace an insert that I was told almost never fall out.
It had fallen out twice before and was quickly glued back in.
Strangely, when the replaced it with a new one, they fixed it back properly like the first time.

Hmmm.

I trust dentists as much as I trust car mechanics.

Cost 2 x £250.

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 04 Mar 19 1.02pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Go for nhs with payment
About £60 quid for check up fillings and a clean
Covers most things except crowns and bridges.
Normally a leaflet on the counter about the charges.
Lot cheaper than private and most dentists Do this service.
You can use a different one every time if you donít mind travelling around.
I do if I need a visit and an appointment is available in one or other.

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 04 Mar 19 1.22pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Iíve been lucky after having not gone since I was in junior school when I had 4 fillings and an incisor Taken our, so youíre talking a long time. The dentist said my teeth were in pretty good condition. Only brushed them in the morning as a teenager, then twice a day as an adult. The reason I think is flossing. I never leave food stuck in my teeth. Last year I had a grinding on the filling on a molar I had as a teenager. New white one then and another 6 months later. Nothing on the next visit.

3 visits to this local one and just one when I was at junior school. 4 visits in my life. Now I go every 6 months.

Youíd probably be done in 2-3 weeks at my local dentist max, maybe under 2 weeks like I was at first. If it was really painful Iíd pay for the quicker private treatment on asap or on Saturdays.

 


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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 04 Mar 19 1.51pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

The last dentists I had in London were total butchers - suspect they were all on work experience or something. Almost everything they did was spread over three treatments so £256 a pop. Iíve had some fillings for 45 years while the ones they put in fell out after a month. Only ever had toothache once and it was torture. I went down to Guys hospital and they yanked it out for nothing.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 04 Mar 19 2.30pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

The last dentists I had in London were total butchers - suspect they were all on work experience or something. Almost everything they did was spread over three treatments so £256 a pop. Iíve had some fillings for 45 years while the ones they put in fell out after a month. Only ever had toothache once and it was torture. I went down to Guys hospital and they yanked it out for nothing.

I waited 10 days for an emergency appointment after about 5 days I went to Kings College and got seen promptly.

In hindsight I made a huge mistake. Don't tell them you have a dentist, they examined me and told me what I needed but as I was seeing my dentist the following week they did nothing .

My concern which proved correct was my dentist would examine me but then tell me to make another appointment for the work which turned out to be 4 weeks.

I should have kept quiet and I think they would have done the work there and then.

It's good to hear that there are good NHS dentists out there although a friend on Saturday told me they had major corrective work done privately to fix the botch job the NHS had done. She will never use the NHS dentists again which as she is a raving leftie tells you something.

 


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View dollardays's Profile dollardays Flag 04 Mar 19 2.40pm Send a Private Message to dollardays Add dollardays as a friend

Two NHS dentists I went to have done away with cleaning and instead send you to their resident dental hygienist after your appointment at £50 a pop. Is this even abiding by NHS rules I wonder.

 

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View Rudi Hedman's Profile Rudi Hedman Flag Caterham 04 Mar 19 3.11pm Send a Private Message to Rudi Hedman Add Rudi Hedman as a friend

Originally posted by dollardays

Two NHS dentists I went to have done away with cleaning and instead send you to their resident dental hygienist after your appointment at £50 a pop. Is this even abiding by NHS rules I wonder.

Probably. Cleaning time is a waste of their expertise.

 


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View dollardays's Profile dollardays Flag 04 Mar 19 3.30pm Send a Private Message to dollardays Add dollardays as a friend

Originally posted by Rudi Hedman

Probably. Cleaning time is a waste of their expertise.

True, but a scale and polish is supposed to be included in the band one NHS treatment

Band 1: £21.60

Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.

I think they just get around that but not doing it and suggesting that you need something more extensive, even though it amounts to the same thing.

 

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View doi209's Profile doi209 Flag Fighting for the weak and innocent... 04 Mar 19 4.40pm Send a Private Message to doi209 Add doi209 as a friend

I'm in the middle of root canal treatment ( not actually in the middle, but have had 2 of 5 apptmnts ). Costing about a tad under £1000 privately.

I look after my teeth now due to an australian butcher dentist in my youth ripping out fillings so he could get paid again ( are you listening Baudry of Sanderstead ?).

My current root canal work in Cornwall by a Portuguese dentist is painless and actually fell asleep during my first visit.

NHS work will only do so much. If you want a really good job you have to go private.

Regarding emergency work. I cracked my tooth in December on the morning of leaving on holiday. I was temporarily fixed up 5 hours later on NHS. The permanent fix is the root canal work.

I can't complain.

 

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View cryrst's Profile cryrst Flag Chatham 04 Mar 19 4.54pm Send a Private Message to cryrst Add cryrst as a friend

Originally posted by dollardays

True, but a scale and polish is supposed to be included in the band one NHS treatment

Band 1: £21.60

Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish, and planning for further treatment.

I think they just get around that but not doing it and suggesting that you need something more extensive, even though it amounts to the same thing.

Not sure if the next band is 2 or 3 but when i had the all in one i didnt need fillings but came back to see the hygenist who is a specialist.
That was the clean up bit.
Maybe if you book as an all in band you get the full gig.

 

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