I know my teeth are not good but can't understand why had to pay again for crown re fitting . Only fitted Christmas and this last time only lasted 2 days. Due back in 2 weeks to try again. There doesn't seem to be any guarantee with their work. Feel it's a bit difficult to complain as backwards and forwards so regularly with problems . Any thoughts?
I recently visited a NHS dentist, he did a check up, took 2 X-rays, repaired a broken filling and "cleaned" my teeth - took him less than 20 mins!. Since then I have had pain from the repaired filling. Have now made an appointment with a private dentist.
Hello Winefride As Kitty suggests, this may be something to do with being charged for different NHS 'courses of treatment'. If the dentist did a check-up for you when the crown was being recemented, it could have been that you were charged for that.
The best thing is to ask the practice staff exactly what you were charged for. That is not complaining, it's just asking for an explanation to which you are perfectly entitled.
sunseeker a good dentist is a good dentist, NHS or not. A bad dentist is a bad dentist, NHS or not. Paying privately for dentistry definitely does not guarantee a better dentist. [hobby horse emoticon]
Dentist is NHS and it was different dentists in the practise which might explain double payment I must be more assertive at next appointment . I will ask what guarantee he can give . I've paid out for fillings more than once too. I think feel embarrassed discussing money with dentist.
You shouldn't feel like that Winefride - dentists have an ethical obligation to make sure you iunderstand a)what treatment you're having and b) how much it will cost. Treatment carried out under NHS contract should be replaced free of charge if needed within a year - subtle difference from a 'guarantee'. Most private dentists would offer the same or better terms.
Hear, hear, kitty! Except for a few years when my NHS dentist went private and before we moved to where we are now, I've always had an NHS dentist. I have one now. They have all (seven, I think) been excellent. The one who went private was excellent too.
My lovely NHS dentist (the only one in town) died quite suddenly a few years ago and his surgery was sold and went private soon after. Since then I have been to four different (private) dentists. My bugbear is that the first three either were too pricey or I had no confidence in them, but each time I went to a new dentist I had to pay an extortionate sum for a 'new patient' check up. This always involved X-Rays and charting my teeth, but I was unable to take the results with me when I moved on; apparently (even though I PAID for them) the results are the property of the surgery. My current dentist is also incredibly pricey, but I as I do have confidence in him I've decided to stick with him - even though there is now an NHS dentist in the town.
We are so lucky with our lovely NHS dentist. I suspect that her businessman husband has set her up with a surgery in their house and she just has a receptionist and a nurse to help her. She is very thorough but only charges the absolute minimum for everything, I've often been surprised at how little we've been charged. She only takes on as many patients as she can cope with so you can normally get an emergency appointment and although there are certain procedures she won't undertake she can always fix you up with someone else. My daughter has an exceedingly good private dentist, but she spends a fortune on her teeth.
Hi Winifride If treatment is not successful and two days seems ridiculous for a crown to go so soon then you should not have to pay. For advice Try the British Dental Council http://www.gdc-uk.org/Pages/default.aspx
NHS Dentist ?- try your local Primary Care Trust (PCT) who are responsible for commisioning dental services in your area.