Most of us are very loyal when it comes to our medical care and stick with the same doctor or dentist practice for many years. There is a lot to say for consistency, as sticking with the same people means that they get to know you and you have the chance to build up a relationship with doctors and dentists. However, there are many reasons why you may need or want to change dentist and sometimes it is not as easy as you might think.
We are all entitled to dental treatment on the NHS, which will cover most routine dental work at a nominal price for adults, and free for children. Finding an NHS dentist who is willing to take you on however is quite a different matter. Figures are hard to come by, but it is estimated that up to 2 million people in the UK cannot find an NHS dentist willing to take them on in their local area. Rural areas tend to be particularly badly affected, so patients face the choice of travelling many hours to get NHS care, or paying privately for their treatment. Efforts are being made to recruit more NHS dentists, but with such a shortage in some areas, it is no surprise that patients feel that they just cannot take the risk of taking themselves off an NHS list in case they cannot find another.
One of the main reasons for needing to change your dentist is because they are moving out of the area. If you are lucky enough to be moving into an area where there is a choice of NHS dentists, ask for recommendations from your new neighbours, or use the NHS website to identify the closest practices and then go to visit them. All dentists will provide basic NHS treatment like checkups, fillings or extractions, but many also offer specialist private treatment alongside their NHS work. Base your decision on which practice most closely fits your needs and which you feel most comfortable with. Your new dentist will ask for details of who looked after your teeth previously, and giving this information means that your records can be easily transferred over. This gives your new dentist a complete picture of the treatment you have had in the past rather than starting from scratch.
It’s important to have a good relationship with your dentist and just as in any walk of life, there are personalities who just don’t get on. If you feel uncomfortable with your dentist for any reason, or you just don’t feel they are the right person to treat you, you have the right to move to another practice at any time without giving your dentist a reason for doing so. It might be easier though to ask to switch to a different dentist in the same practice, if available.
If you feel you want to change your dentist because they are incompetent, then it is important that this is brought to someone’s attention. Dental negligence claims are becoming more commonplace, and a good dental negligence claims lawyer will help you get compensation and stop the dentist subjecting others to the same treatment. There are a number of things which fall under the umbrella term of dental negligence claims such as misdiagnosis, carrying out unnecessary treatment or injury resulting from treatment and all of these are grounds for both legal action and moving to another dentist immediately. Most of the legal advice is on a no-win, no-fee basis and this avenue is worth exploring if you feel you have to leave your dentist because of shoddy treatment.
About The Author
Aimee Coppock is a writer who understands that changing your dentist can be stressful. However if you have experienced negligence by your dental practise then you should consider finding a new dentist and research dental negligence claims.