Dentists - Could use some good advice please!

My dad qualified in 1958 from Leeds. The first two are respectively master and bachelor of dental surgery. He says that he thinks the ones after could be Member of the Fellowship of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Physicians at Glasgow University.

Sorry … dim or what … :slight_smile:

It’s a discussion for a different thread, but I don’t think the difference in attitudes is explained by funding (over or under) …

I’d advise anybody needing a large tooth extracting, not to let a female dentist remove it. Last year I had a lower second molar removed by a young lady, I wouldn’t say she pulled it, more like ripped it from my jaw. I was left with a large socket with a lot of gum damage. She struggled quite a bit, and even complained to her assistant that she’d hurt her wrist while removing it. She obviously wasn’t strong enough to do the job properly.

Rather Dr. Mac from Green Wing :heart_eyes:

Hi there,

I qualified as Dentist 10 years ago, It’s interesting to hear everyones experience trying to find a new dentist when you haven’t been seen regularly somewhere.

If you are looking for an NHS dentist a good place to start is your areas local Health Board Website - there should be a list of all the local Practices who are taking on NHS patients. Sadly - you may find this is not too helpful as NHS Dentistry seems to becoming more limited in access, and scope, by the minute.

If looking for a Private Dentist - then practices that are registered with insurance type schemes like Denplan tend to have good quality assurance. Also there is a scheme called BDA Good Practice which can be a good marker of quality. All UK practices should have websites- so looking for Denplan/BDA Good Practice here is a good place to start.

Ultimately, The Dentist- Patient relationship is often a difficult one to build. It’s worth trying to find someone you can start to trust to do their best for you and stick with them. I agree with the other posters who recommend joining a scheme like Denplan. It provides out of hours care and makes access for emergency appointments much more convenient. The only thing to consider is that to join Denplan you need to achieve a state of Dental Fitness with the dentist first - usually at a private cost.

For the record, I’m mainly NHS.

If you’re search stalls, I practice in South Wales.

Good Luck

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I think the F is Faculty rather Fellowship…my brother in law who is a dentist says MFDS is a top qualification.

I’ve been using the same dentist for 35 years. Somewhere along the line I became a private patient, don’t remember how or why. He’s a good guy and as previously said the relationship is the key thing.

However… He’s now cut back to four days a week and I know the next step will be retirement. So then I’ll need a new dentist (but hopefully from the same practise) and then I’ll start to feel old(er) because not only will the policeman look young, but so will my doctor and my dentist.

Oh well.

I don’t begrudge a penny I spend on my teeth with either the dentist or six-monthly hygienist visits. I do think it’s a shame that NHS dentists seem to have reduced though since I’m sure that in my 20s I would have found other things to spend my limited income on.

Personally I’d happily pay more tax towards this but maybe that’s another thread.


If you foresee big problems which will need two or three crowns, then Denplan is a good idea. Other than that with regular check ups and scaling I think it’s better to just pay as you go.

Not directly a reply for this topic, but the issues with my teeth reduced significantly when I stopped drinking coffee with sugar, and eat no sweets anymore. Only black coffee, water, normal meals and a glass of wine / beer in the evening.

Yes, MFDS: The Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery

Back in the bad old drill & fill years it stood for: Mouth Full of Detrimental Shenanigans

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You have my sympathy.
She should have simply referred you to hospital for specialist removal of the dead molar.
[It’s also a bonus that hospital extractions are NHS so no charge]
I had a molar infect and break up in 2010, dentist prescribed the antibiotic but referred to local hospital for the removal.
At the maxillofacial department i was treated by a stout consultant with huge biceps ; )
…he had little trouble with removing what was left of my broken molar despite my TMJ disorder which means i can’t open my mouth very wide.
The consultant was also nice enough to investigate my jaw with an X-ray, exposing arthritis on left temporal mandibular. Can’t be helped apparently but i’m lucky i get very little pain and it doesn’t seem to be getting any worse.

It took me ages to find a dentist who would actually listen to me - in the end I found her through a personal recommendation. All the other previous dentists told me I was talking rubbish when I described the effect of local anaesthetic; the dentist I now have was prepared to listen and then test what I was saying using tiny doses of meprivacaine. As a result I now have a diagnosis of local anaesthetic induced psychosis. The other dentists were just straight away injecting 10x too much LA for me to be able to handle, this would drive me into a state of paranoid psychosis and they then refused to treat me again after that. We now absolutely know this is a drug effect (not dental phobia) as she sees me going into shock before I know about it, and before I start to feel any of the effect myself.

I recently split a wisdom tooth in half and had to have it removed. To get this done, the only options for me are a general anaesthetic or full sedation (i.e. being held in station); fortunately the benzodiazepines work normally on me, otherwise it would have to have been a general.

I’d heard horror stories of people in the dentists chair getting a wisdom tooth pulled, should be a violation under the Geneva Convention surely (?)
When i was age 22 a dentist noticed my lower wisdoms impacted and referred me to hospital for the removal of all four under general anaesthetic.
I suppose it gets the job done in one go, painless enough but leaves a mega load of facial swelling, the days that followed the op i didn’t recognise my usual pretty self in the mirror…

I was lucky, very little swelling, and although I was ‘conscious’, I remember nothing about it due to the benzodiazepine.

On the other hand I’ve never been able to describe myself as pretty, and all too much do recognise myself in the mirror. :slightly_frowning_face:

You are a lovely lady and i am so glad i met you last year. Take care, you are a lovely person.

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That’s so sweet of you to say that, thank you.

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