Whether you have just moved to a new city or simply are not satisfied with your current dental care, there are many situations in which you might need to look for a new dentist in the UK. Here are five things you should look at make sure you end up with a dentist who can provide the high-quality dental care you deserve.
1. Services Offered
Not all UK dentists offer a full range of dental services. If you are looking for a specific type of treatment, such as dental implants or orthodontics, be sure to ask whether the dentist can provide that service before you register as a new patient.
2. GDC Registration
All private dentists must register with the GDC (General Dental Council) before they can set up a dental practice in the UK. It is very important that you select a dentist who is registered with the GDC if you want to achieve the best results. Even seemingly simple procedures like teeth whitening should be handled by a dentist who is properly registered and qualified. Take a look at the GDC online register to find out about your dentist's qualifications and experience.
3. Reviews and Recommendations
Dentists vary widely in the level of care they take over their patients' oral health. Rather than signing up with the first dentist you discover, it pays to take the time to read reviews to find out which dentists offer the best level of service. You can find reviews of private dentists in the UK on Yelp and Google Places. All long-established dentists have some dissatisfied customers, so look for ones that respond positively to negative reviews and who have maintained a high average star rating.
4. Opening Hours and Location
Many people choose a dental practice that is close to their home, but that is not always the most convenient option. Most private dentists have the majority of their appointment availability during working hours, so you might find it more convenient to choose a practice that is close to your workplace.
If you have previously used only NHS dentists, you might be used to paying standard prices for various dental procedures. Private dentists, on the other hand, vary hugely in the prices they charge. If you shop around, you might be able to find a private dentist whose prices are similar to those you would pay on the NHS.