Your Dentist: Speedy or Hasty?

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Your Dentist: Speedy or Hasty?

In a world moving ever faster, we are all time-poor and require businesses to keep pace with our busy lives. Fast food, faster cars, the fastest broadband – many modern businesses advertise their ability to do things at speed, but can dentistry be an exception? What do we, as patients, expect from our dentist, and what do we get?

When you phone your dentist to book your regular examination appointment, there is often a long wait while the receptionist deals with other patients. Eventually you may get through to someone who books you the first available appointment – in 3 weeks’ time. You have to take off work to attend, as the practice is only open 9-5. You spend 20 minutes parking and when you finally make it to reception, you are informed that the dentist is running late. You fill in the medical history form (again!) and then you do what you usually do when you want to waste your time – emails, banking and Facebook. You walk in, tell the dentist nothing hurts, they check your teeth for 60 seconds and quickly kick you out.

They only thing that happened fast was the treatment itself, the only thing that should have taken longer. Unfortunately some dentists are driven by targets and the companies that own the practices manage the appointments poorly.

What is the price of this? It depends how much you value your time and your health.

If the appointment was a routine examination, the clinician may have missed issues that will inevitably become complicated and costly. The oversight could result in tissue loss, as decay only worsens without proper treatment, or even loss of a tooth. If the appointment was for treatment – for example, a filling – then the dentist may not have practiced the “minimal invasion” technique, which uses multiple-sized burrs to remove only the decay and little or none of the healthy tooth. With a crown preparation, the tooth may have not been prepared smoothly and the result will be inaccessible gaps between the tooth and the crown, eventually leading to more decay.

If any of the above reminds you of your dentist, maybe it is time to find a new one: a practice that picks up the phone and replies to your emails promptly; that books you an appointment to suit you; that ensures you are seen at your appointment time.

Good dentists do not rush your treatment. As in every area of your life, you want speed but you do not want haste. You certainly won’t want to compromise on the quality of your healthcare, or that of your loved ones.

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James CruzatJames Cruzat
13:05 24 May 24
The doctor and the staff is really nice and gentle.They give me special treatment and they deliver excellent job..what else can I say is well done and a full star of appreciation for the job.Thank you very much
Francesco MesoracaFrancesco Mesoraca
04:09 24 May 24
Just completed my clearcorrect treatment and after 12 months with Dr Marwa the results are fantastic.
09:24 04 May 24
I express my deep gratitude to the entire team of the Ferry Dental Centre I would like to express my gratitude to absolutely every employee. Thank you all so much for your attention, kindness, and high professionalism!!! Especially Dr. Yuri! I recommend to all.
11:47 02 May 24
Ferry Dental Centre is an exceptional place for all your dental needs. Dr. Juri stands out as a highly skilled and professional dentist who truly cares about his patients. The staff at Ferry Dental Centre are welcoming, and the office has a warm and friendly atmosphere that puts patients at ease.Dr. Juri's expertise and gentle approach make dental visits comfortable and stress-free. I highly recommend Ferry Dental Centre for top-notch dental care.
Zoe JacksonZoe Jackson
20:03 14 Apr 24
I have had a fantastic experience with Ferry Dental.I approached them as an anxious patient (having not been to the dentist for nearly a decade) and the staff were so friendly and calming. Despite having a big cry before my first appointment my consultation was fantastic and I left feeling much more comfortable with the prospect of going to the dentist.Since then I’ve had many appointments with Marwa (orthodontist) and the hygienist and no longer dread or cry before appointments. Marwa in particular is so kind and friendly and always checks in with me throughout appointments to make sure I’m calm and happy.All the staff have been so friendly and know who I am and have been fully informed of my anxiety. It’s been very relieving to go from appointment to appointment and each practitioner knows exactly who I am, what I’ve had done, and really look after me as an individual.Also a massive shout out to the reception team (particularly Anna) who are always so so friendly and greet me by name and know who I am.I highly recommend this dentist - particularly those who hate going to the dentist and/or suffer from anxiety. A massive thank you to Ferry Dental for helping me get over my fear of the dentist ❤️
Adrian NeagoieAdrian Neagoie
15:49 22 Jan 24
I had a great experience at Ferry Dental Centre. The staff was very friendly and professional, and the facility was clean and modern. Dr Denis took the time to explain everything to me and I felt very comfortable throughout my visit. I will definitely be recommending Ferry Dental Centre to my friends and family.