How To Choose A Dentist

Whether you’ve moved to a new area, or you just want to change dentist, picking a new one can be confusing. It’s important to make sure that you find a dentist you can trust, particularly if you’re a nervous patient, as well as one that suits your needs and budget.

Phone a friend

Recommendations from friends and family are a great place to start when you’re thinking about a new dentist. If there is someone who comes very highly recommended, or a dentist your friends have been with for years, then it’s worth enquiring.

Check the service

It’s important to choose a dentist who will give you a great service. This doesn’t just mean researching qualifications and reputation but also whether they will be able to accommodate your schedule. Look at location and office hours in particular – if you’re working 9-5 then a dentist who can see you either before or after work means you don’t have to take time off.

What are the costs involved?

It’s still possible to receive free NHS dental treatment in the UK, depending on what your circumstances are. However, for many of us, cost remains an important factor in choosing the right dentist. Look at the cost of a check up and a session with the hygienist to get an idea of annual expenses. Ask for details of the cost of fillings, dentures, root canal work and orthodontics so you can see where one dentist sits in comparison to others in the area.

Are emergency appointments available?

If you need emergency care out of normal working hours how will you be dealt with? Some dentists have comprehensive emergency out of hours cover and others simply don’t – it’s important to understand what a particular dentist offers so that you have a full picture of the service.

How do they handle nervous patients?

If you find going to the dentist challenging then look for a dentist with a good understanding of nervous patients. A dentist that takes extra steps to accommodate nervous dental patients will offer early appointments (less time to worry about the procedure), they will talk you through it and ensure you can stop at any time. Look out for nervous patient literature and ask plenty of questions.

If you’re looking for a new dentist in London, Bristol, Salisbury or Chertsey – offering great service, emergency care and options for nervous patients – Smile Pad has a great reputation. Find a practice near you and get in touch today.


We are pleased to inform all patients seeking dental treatment that our practices are, and will remain open to cater to all your dental needs and maintain your oral health. We are available should you need advice, urgent care, or simply wish to attend for any other dental treatment. Our practices operate under the strictest government guidance and coronavirus protocols. Your safety and the safety of your family remains our priority. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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