Why Expensive Private Dentistry Could Be Cheaper in the Long Term


Statistics reveal almost half of NHS dentists want to go private

Since my childhood I’ve experienced NHS dental treatment, which is quite a bit of work! The dentist from Beckenham in Kent damaged my teeth when I was an infant; I’ll not identify her, but I’d prefer to do so because she’s caused me a lot of suffering and a large sum of money on dental care. I’ll just declare that this was more than 40 years ago and everyone in the region is protected from her at the very minimum.

When I was a kid, I went to various dentists, with some being better than others, but I stuck with the NHS. But in me was a desire to the day I could find a reliable cosmetic dentist who could get my smile back to where it should be. But I didn’t because…well that’s just vanity isn’t it?

I eventually shifted to a normal private dentist hoping that I would get a better quality of treatment, and I truly believed I received. The dentist was able to take more time to attend to their patients and showed more interested in their own patient’s comfort. After a couple of years, the practice began to accept NHS patients too and it was apparent that my dentist was having shorter hours to deal on his clients. However, I decided to stay as he seemed to be a decent man.

Up until February 2010, when the crown I’d worn for the last 30 years began to fall off. The crown fell off and I saw a dentist, who discovered some decay in the posts. the Private Dentist in Solihull was able to reattach the crown. However, should it fall off again I’d recommend seeing my regular dentist and contemplate an extension of the crown.

The crown did fall off once more however my dentist told me that the extension was not an alternative for the tooth. He tried putting the crown back in place and it took eight weeks. Since the root was delicate while the crown had to be held by posts, I wasn’t able to remove the crown. I had to wait for it to fall off at its own time. Thus, 8 weeks later meant another eight weeks of moving around, causing inflammation to my gum, causing food to be trapped under it, and the constant need to scrub out the taste, until it was finally removed. One time I was fortunate to not lose it as it fell off just before sunset in a rural lanes.

My dentist was constantly putting the crown back on to see how it would hold the crown off, and twice just because it came off in a period that I wasn’t able to do anything about it, such as pre-holiday or before work. He finally told me that I required an implant since the tooth was located in my smile line, but was it was also one of my major chewing teeth as I’d lost a lot of teeth because of that awful woman a few years ago.

He suggested I see an implant dentist nearby and I’d already moved in the meantime and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that an implant dentist had made a root (couldn’t resist this) only a few minutes from the house I am now living in. I visited the specialist knowing that I would be facing the cost of approximately PS3,500 and wondered whether I’d prefer an artificial tooth or a bridge.

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