If you are looking for a new dentist in the Battersea area, you will find that you are actually spoiled for choice. Battersea has a good number of professional dentists, both NHS and private, so you should be able to find one that suits your needs and is located in a convenient area that will make them easily accessible for regular check-ups, treatments or for dental emergencies.
Choosing your dentist will all depend on what you are looking for. You may be looking for a dentist to treat your whole family, including young children, or a dentist that particularly specialises in a certain area, such as periodontics or cosmetic dentistry.
Many people choose a dentist purely because it is the closest one to where they live or work. For others who are prepared to drive a bit further, they will choose one with good recommendations either online from regular patients or via a friend or family member who personally uses one.
NHS or Private?
One of the first decisions you need to make is whether you are going to choose an NHS dentist or go private for your dental needs. NHS dentists can often work out cheaper than going private, but may not be able to take on new patients very often. Some dental surgeries offer both NHS and private treatments, so you could register as an NHS patient but also choose to have any important dental surgery done privately at the same surgery. This can often cut down on your waiting time should you need something major taken care of.
Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to go with the easiest or even cheapest option, especially if you think you are in need of some corrective or specialist dental treatment. In order to find your perfect dentist, you need to do the following things:
- Work out what you need. This could be an all-round family dentist or one that specialises in something particular that you feel you need. Make a list of everything you are looking for from a dentist and what is important to you or your family.
- Produce a short-list of dentists in Battersea that meet your needs. Some practices may be discounted because they are based too far out of the region or are in an area that you rarely visit or know very well.
- Contact each dentist on your list. You will need to establish whether each dental surgery are taking on new patients or not. Check waiting lists and how busy the surgery is. How likely are you to get a quick booking should you need some emergency dental work done?
Another consideration is whether your want a dentist who shares your health concerns. You may prefer to register with a dentist who prefers not to use amalgam fillings to repair cavities, especially with children. Or it could be that your chosen dentist is one that will keep the use of X-rays to an absolute minimum.
Many dentists now offer you the choice to have amalgam fillings or white composite fillings. You may choose to have white fillings for more cosmetic reasons, especially if your work involves meeting people face to face, or you have to give speeches and presentations and are naturally concerned about your appearance. In this case it may be important for you to choose a dentist that will give you a choice.