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A Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Dentist

New Dentist Explaining Their Dental Process

A Comprehensive Guide to Changing Your Dentist

12 November 2023

If you’re considering changing your dentist, you might have several questions and concerns about the process. This guide will provide you with valuable insights into the main reasons for changing your dentist, how to navigate the transition, and specific considerations for both NHS and private dental care.

What Are the Main Reasons for Changing Your Dentist?

There are several reasons why you might contemplate changing your dentist. These could include moving to a new location, seeking a dental specialist for specific treatments, or being dissatisfied with the quality of care you are currently receiving.

Changing Dentists Due to an Issue with the Quality of Care

If you are unhappy with the quality of your dental treatment or feel that your current dental care needs are not being met, it may be time to consider changing to a different dental practice that can better address your concerns.

How to Change Your Dentist

To change your dentist, you can follow a few simple steps:

  • Research potential new dental practices in your area.
  • Contact the new practice to check their availability and registration process.
  • Complete a registration form with your new dental practice.
  • Notify your current dentist and request your dental records to be transferred.

Changing Dentists as an NHS Patient

If you are an NHS patient, you have the flexibility to change your dentist by following the steps outlined above. Make sure to inform the new practice about your NHS status during the registration process.

Changing Dentists as a Private Patient

Private patients can change dentists in a similar manner, although payment and fee structures may differ. Ensure that you understand the financial aspects when transitioning to a new private dentist.

Changing Your Dentist Mid-Treatment

If you are in the middle of ongoing dental treatment with your current dentist, it’s important to discuss your situation with both your current and new dental practitioners to ensure a smooth transition. The new dentist can provide guidance on continuing or modifying your treatment plan.

What Do I Do If I’m Unable to Find a New Dentist?

Finding a new dentist can sometimes be challenging, especially in areas with limited dental practices. In such cases, consider contacting your local health authority for assistance in locating a nearby dental provider accepting new patients.

What If I Need Emergency Care and I’m Unable to Find a Dentist?

In case of a dental emergency, you should seek immediate care. If you can’t find a new dentist, you can contact NHS 111 or visit your local Accident & Emergency department for urgent dental treatment.

Changing your dentist is a personal decision that should be made in consideration of your specific needs and circumstances. Whether you’re looking for better quality dental care, moving to a new area, or have other reasons for the change, following these guidelines will help you transition smoothly to a new dental practice that can best address your dental care requirements.

33 Dental is currently open to new patients. We’re dedicated to providing the most professional and comforting service that ensures you receive the highest quality care in a warm and friendly environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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