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Dental work times?
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:22:31 am »
Anyone had dental work post lockdown?  Did it take you long to get an appoinment?  NHS vs private time delays in being seen by a dentist?

For me two weeks, nothing (NHS); apointments 'being triaged'.   :-\
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offcumden

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Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2020, 11:48:06 am »
I had the first stage of dental implants done privately at the end of December.  The subsequent stage should have occurred in March but didn't take place until mid-June due to government restrictions. I am due to have the final treatment, with placing of the 'new teeth' later this week.  Inevitably, all this implies a big bill to avoid having a large piece of pink plastic in my mouth.

By coincidence I was due for a routine check-up with my NHS dentist next week, but received a text this morning to say it has been postponed (no new date given), and asking me to call to arrange something.

So, apparently not back to normal unless you come bearing big bucks  ;)

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Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2020, 12:04:49 pm »
My routine checkup with private dentist occurred last week.  They have made various changes around the surgery - you call them when you arrive, so they'll admit you to the premises, wipe clean hard chairs in reception, all the magazines have disappeared  :o there are various air cleaning measures and they want an extra £20 per appointment to pay for additional PPE.  They were, to be fair, wearing new scrubs, in subtle red so you can see where your money went.   ::-)    The appointment went pretty much as usual and I don't think it took any longer, but they have cleaning tasks between patients so fewer appointments.
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Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2020, 12:32:45 pm »
I think you'll find (if our appointments last week are typical - at a private-only place) that dentists are only permitted to do check-ups and very extreme treatments - and the "teeth cleaning lady" could only use hand tools, not the "air chisel" - they were all visored up with cleaning etc and the most disgusting pre-look mouthwash (like swimming pool water with added bleach!)

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Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2020, 04:09:29 pm »
Thanks.  Progress. I sent an email asking for an update, and they called me back with appointment (non-routine) for ~10days time.   
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Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2020, 10:04:39 pm »
My wife phoned her NHS dentist yesterday morning after a bad night with toothache, and was given an appointment for today for an assessment.  She was duly assessed, told she needed drilling and/or extraction, and given their 'first available appointment' - for September 16th! Fortunately the pain is not constant, and the tooth is currently more or less pain-free, but it could be a long 5 or 6 weeks . . .

Re: Dental work times?
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2020, 01:25:29 am »
My wife phoned her NHS dentist yesterday morning after a bad night with toothache, and was given an appointment for today for an assessment.  She was duly assessed, told she needed drilling and/or extraction, and given their 'first available appointment' - for September 16th! Fortunately the pain is not constant, and the tooth is currently more or less pain-free, but it could be a long 5 or 6 weeks . . .

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