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Are you an NHS dental practice and do you accept new patients?
Can anyone be seen here? (I don’t live in the area/ borough)
Yes, we welcome patients from anywhere. You can live anywhere in the UK and still be seen at NHS Dentist.
Am I entitled to treatment under the NHS? Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment?
Yes, anyone is eligible to see a dentist on the NHS.
How many fillings can I have done on the NHS?
All your clinically necessary fillings are done under Band 2 on the NHS.
How many check-ups/ hygienist visits should I have in one year?
The number of check- ups and hygienist visits you should have per year is entirely dependent on the state of your teeth.
I want to have my teeth cleaned, how does it work?
After your initial appointment with your dentist, you will be given a treatment plan for clinically necessary treatment. Unless you suffer from periondontal disease (gum disease) cleaning is not considered clinically necessary treatment. However, you may still ask to see a hygienist and have your teeth cleaned on a private basis. You would pay for your hygienist appointment in advance.
Why do I have to pay for hygienist appointments in advance?
Do I have to pay for dental or hygienist treatment?
Is the hygienist free if I have an exemption?
If you are exempt from payment and suffer from gum disease, we would treat your gum disease on the NHS since this is a clinical necessity.
Can the dentist do the cleaning of my teeth?
Yes, if cleaning of your teeth is clinically necessary the dentist could clean your teeth, however, a hygienist is highly experienced in cleaning teeth and is much more trained in just this. Therefore, we advise patients to see a hygienist for the cleaning of their teeth under any circumstances.
I have no teeth, do I still need to see a dentist?
Yes, the dentist doesn’t only examine your teeth. The dentist will examine all your soft tissue i.e. gums, lips, the back of your throat and so on. This is to eliminate any signs of mouth cancer. Please read more about mouth cancer here.
What is Periodontal disease?
My gums keep bleeding, what should I do? I have bleeding gums when I'm brushing my teeth is that normal?
No, if you have an adequate oral hygiene then your gums shouldn’t bleed when you’re brushing your teeth. An adequate oral hygiene involves brushing your teeth twice per day and flossing once per day.
I am pregnant, can this affect my teeth?
Yes, as your body is changing to nurture your baby, your gums may bleed more easily or you may have morning sickness causing erosion on your teeth. It is important that you see your dentist for advice regarding diet and oral hygiene as soon as you know you’re pregnant.
Can the treatment be done today?
Some small procedures can be done on the same day. However, most dental procedures take longer and need more time. They also require anaesthetics therefore, it is always better for those procedures to be done on a separate appointment.
How long after a filling has been done, can I eat or drink?
If you have had an injection prior to having your filling done, we do not recommend eating or drinking until the injection has worn off. This may take up to 2-3 hours.
Are dental x-rays safe and needed?
Yes, dental x-rays are safe, but your dentist should take as few as possible. Expect to get them during a first appointment after not seeing a dentist for a while. This helps check tooth and gum health.
Which one is the best manual or electric toothbrush?
Your manual tooth brush needs to be medium not soft or hard, it needs to be changed frequently in order to be efficient.
Do whitening toothpastes work?
Whitening tooth pastes can have abrasive particles in them and may, with heavy use, erode the enamel of your teeth. It is therefore more advisable to whiten your teeth with a tooth whitening kit made to your measure by your dentist. This treatment is much safer and more efficient.
Do you have emergency appointments for the day?
Is this going to get rid of the pain?
During an emergency appointment, the emergency dentist will try and get you out of your pain and stabilise your condition until you see your regular dentist.
I might only need antibiotics, does the dentist need to see me?
Yes, in order to prescribe antibiotics to a patient the dentist needs to examine and diagnose a condition. Your condition may be solved without the need for antibiotics.
How long does it take for the hospital to contact me after I have been referred by my dentist?
This depends on where you have been referred. Generally, as soon as the referral is sent, we don’t get any communication from the referral centre/ hospital. They will contact you directly. Some hospitals are busier than others and can have up to six month waiting lists. Be patient, if your condition is deteriorating, please seek help on one of our emergency sessions.
Do you do braces?
Yes, many of our dentists at NHS dentist have completed further training to be able to provide some types of braces.