Don't put up with Crap you pay for!!!.

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  1. D_Relentless Original

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    For the past two years, i have had a horrible,brutal dentist,always rude,rips my lipsand inner mouth and i always end up in complete pain during and after treatment.

    The other day i had severe toothache, i made an emergency appointment, i have tried to change my dentist previously to no avail as all dentists are now private and you have to be lucky to keep the NHS one.

    The dentist attended to me, again rudely, told me without looking at my tooth that i would have to lose my tooth, i asked him to please examine me, he got rude and told me he was taking it out, i insisted that he examine me before hand, he refused and told me if i did not have it taken out that he would dismiss me from his clinic, i refused, he dismissed me and told me to get out!.

    I spent two days with toothache and so many painkillers that i managed to find a kind dentist for emergencies, he examined me, x-rayed my tooth and told me it was a broken filling that he could fix which he did and also gave me antibiotics for any infection i might have sustained.

    He was pleasant, respectful and careful with my treatment and has accepted me as a NHS patient.

    Just remember, some professionals are not always right, when it comes to your body - fight for it.

    Just got me thinking, do we put up with rudeness and treated like shite and then we pay money for it?:confused:
     
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    I learned this years ago, sorry you had to go through this. Thanks for posting because so many people take the word of a health professional with out considering a second opinion.
    PS You should report the first dentist to The American Dental Association!
     
  3. Industrialsize

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    As a Nurse I'd say that too many people forget that the doctor/dentist is working for YOU! It's your dime, speak up!
     
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    I doubt it would do any good as Tardis 69 is in the UK. :wink:
     
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    LOL jason, you are quick, you beat me too it pal :biggrin1:
     
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    I did not look you up in data, my mistake!
     
  7. Jason

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    Ouch!

    I had some abysmal NHS dentistry inflicted on me as a child, and the damage was done. The underlying problem then was that the dentist was paid by the state for the treatment they did, so it was in their interests to do as much as possible (including unnecessary treatment) and there was very little incentive to do what they did properly.

    The position is a bit better now, but still not right. Many NHS dentists have more patients than they can reasonably handle, and that can lead to rudeness. If you are lucky the treatment they do is okay. But it sounds as if you have been unlucky Tardis.

    It is worth checking to see if there is another NHS dentist within hiking distance of your home that would take you. Also talk to the secretaries of private dentists. A lot will do an initial inspection (which they charge for) and may then be willing to take you on as an NHS patient, as most private dentists like to have at least a few NHS patients. However they often don't advertise this. You might want to consider a private dental insurance scheme (though unless your teeth are in very good condition these aren't cheap).

    I don't think Americans reading this board will be able to understand the UK problems. We've all paid in for a state system, which we now have difficulty accessing, get some charges for anyway, and is often poor quality. The alternative is to pay again for private treatment (and it is not even tax deductible). Given that people have already paid National Insurance for dentistry and health the net salary often isn't there to go private. Complaining about NHS dentists has been very difficult - basically the system supports the dentist.
     
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    Thanks Jason, i never give it a thought that other countries may not understand our dental systems problems.

    I was lucky to get taken on by my emergency dentist as a NHS patient, just really pissed me off the problems i had initially trying to find one and what the private dentists were gonna charge me for an emergency. thanks for suggestions and advice jason.
     
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