7 questions to ask your dentist

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:

1. Do you feel comfortable with the dentist?

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.

2. Is the practice well established?

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.

3. Do they have a dental hygienist?

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.

4. Training and further education.

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.

5. Ask questions

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?

6. Do you have experience with similar types of treatment?

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.

7. Meet the laboratory technician.

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.

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