18th August 2013
Choosing a London Dentist can be confusing and a bit daunting. So we have put together this handy list of must-ask questions to help you narrow it down:
This may be a gut-instinct but do you feel they are listening to you and giving you bespoke advice related to your mouth and habits. You only have one set of teeth so be careful who you entrust them to.
Experience and continuity of care can be very valuable. Will they be there next time you have your check-up? It takes time to build a relationship on both sides. Bow Lane was established in 2001.
With recent changes to the law you will probably see your dental hygienist more often than your dentist. Do they guide you in what are the best oral hygiene aids for your mouth and encourage you in between appointments? Bow Lane has four dental hygienists.
Most dentists will have the basic qualification (BDS) but do they keep up to date with the latest techniques and materials? This is especially important if you are considering any extensive treatments such as veneers or dental implants. Membership to a recognizable institution such as the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is an added advantage.
The most important thing to remember is to ask questions! Make a list of questions to ask before your appointment as you may forget. Good questions can be: How long will this last before it needs replacing? What guarantees do you offer?
A proven track record speaks volumes about a dentist. Do not be afraid to ask to see examples of similar treatments carried out by THAT dentist.
If you are considering crowns, bridge, veneers or implants ask to meet the laboratory technician that will be making your work. Cosmetic dentistry requires a true artist and for an artist to work they need to see their subject. They will want to see you to get the colour shade for your teeth and make sure your new smile matches your face, skin tone and age.