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  1. Yep, and that is the cause of most mistakes, misunderstandings and lawsuits. Many of people who complain about their dentist do so because they don't have any rapport with them and feel like they have been ignored It drives me nuts when dentists think they can tell people what they NEED, instead of taking the time to find out what they WANT.
  2. There is a huge gaping pit in the treasury ......... i believe it all goes into that 161 National Insurance Fund (1) The National Insurance Fund shall continue to be maintained under the control and management of the Secretary of State. (2) Accounts of the National Insurance Fund shall be prepared in such form, and in such manner and at such times, as the Treasury may direct, and the Comptroller and Auditor-General shall examine and certify every such account and shall lay copies of it, together with his report on it, before Parliament. (3) Any money in the National Insurance Fund may from time to time be paid over to the National Debt Commissioners and be invested by them, in accordance with such directions as may be given by the Treasury, in any such manner for the time being specified in Part II of Schedule 1 to the [1961 c. 62.] Trustee Investments Act 1961 as the Treasury may specify by an order of which a draft has been laid before Parliament. (4) The National Debt Commissioners shall present to Parliament annually an account of the securities in which money in the National Insurance Fund is for the time being invested. The Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt (CRND), is a non-ministerial department of the UK Government, established in 1786, which manages the investment portfolios of a number of government and public bodies including HM Revenue & Customs (National Insurance Fund), National Savings and Investments (National Savings Bank Fund), Her Majesty's Court Service (Court Funds Investment Account) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (National Lottery Distribution Fund). It also manages some residual operations relating to the National Debt including donations and bequests and the 3.5 per cent Conversion Loan Sinking Fund.
  3. Pretentious, moi? If you feel so hard done by with regards to your last two dentists, perhaps you should give the "Dental Law Partnership" (http://www.dentallaw.co.uk/) a call. If these dentists are as bad as you say they are, venting your spleen on here isn't going to solve your problem.
  4. That is called supervised neglect which is a recognised problem in dentistry. Untreated gum disease is one of the biggest causes of dentists being sued successfully. It is not exclusive to NHS dentists. Without seeing your treatment records (from NHS and private) I cannot comment as to whether your new dentist is indeed correct. Dentistry is like any other job. Some are good, some are bad, some are average. Dentists all have off days and make mistakes.
  5. It is not uncommon to have sensetivity after a filling has been done. However this is usually temporary. Persistant pain of this nature indicates 1 of 2 things: 1) The filling is no good 2) The decay had involved the nerve of the tooth resulting in it's subsequant symptoms of ill health - very common with deep fillings, but it is something you should have been warned about at some stage of the treatment. You have no confidence in this dentist and should find another. Asking friends and family is the best way. Leaving it untill you have problems is usually a very painfull and expensive technique. Tips on spotting a good dentist: Ask friends and family You can talk to them and they build rapport You are told in advance of any treatment, in writing, what the treatment costs They listen to your concerns If something goes wrong they put it right (either themselves or by referring you to another dentist) They give you options with a clinical recomendation for treatment, but they will not try and strong arm you into treatment you won't agree with They won't do treatment THEY don't agree with They have set terms and conditions for you to follow. Rules of NHS dentistry (this is general info for all) ALL treatment that is needed to get you dentally fit is available on the NHS, including root fillings. However, you also have to do your part. So if you turn up at a dentist for the first time in 5 years with a mouth full of holes and a mouth full of plaque, the tax payer is not going to fund advanced treatment on you. You do not have a RIGHT to see an NHS dentist If you miss appointments, are abusive or threatening or refuse to pay any government fees, a dentist can and will refuse to see you Once a dentist has agreed to see you, you have the right to a written treatment plan before treatment starts Band 1 is roughly £17 and is the price for an examination including tooth cleaning and any xrays Band 2 includes everything in Band 1 and any fillings, root fillings and/or extractions. It does not cost you more to have 5 fillings as it does to have 1, and the dentist does not receive any financial benefit by doing more fillings Band 3 contains everything in bands 1/2 and any crowns, partial dentuures (plastic or metal WHERE APPROPRIATE), full dentures and bridges if clinically appropriate. Again, doesn't cost you any more to have more than 1 crown. Band 3 generally limited to people who can look after their own mouths or in the event of replacement of existing. Your National Insurance payments do not fund the NHS in any shape manner or form. PALS is a very good sceme that is run by patients for patients and will help you with any complaints you might have.
  6. There is a popular misconception that if you aren't having any pain then the tooth is ok. I have seen people with holes in their teeth so huge that the tooth was unfixable, and yet the person was completely oblivious. However, this does not mean that there is not a problem. And it also doesn't mean that the person has to have anything done. You are allowed to say, NO, I would not like anything doing thank you very much. This is an option I give to everyone who comes to see me........... doing nothing. Of course it also comes with a certain degree of risk, that risk being that the disease will progress to the extent where it starts to give pain. The fact that in your case the tooth is hurting post treatment is not normal and needs addressing. Despite our best efforts, not everything we do goes to plan. If you feel the dentist has done something wrong you should complain to the practice. The best way to do this is in a well reasoned, polite letter. PALS can help you with this, as can the Primary Care Trust. Whilst I can appreciate that you can no longer trust "the feckers" you should of course realise that as there are 30,000 dentists in this country, it is unlikely that everyone of them is an unprincipled money grabbing *******. I run an emergancy clinic and I hear the same story time and again. Here it is in a shortened version I have not been to a dentist in 2+ years I am having pain I have had pain for several days/weeks/months but have been unable to find/ afford a dentist till now And now you tell me I need vast amounts of work doing Oh dear. And there are many reasons why someone does not go back to their dentist They did not like the dentist The dentist did not like them They missed numerous appointments and were not allowed back The dentist hurt them so they didn't go back They didn't pay their bill and were not allowed back They did not go within 15 months and the government removed them from the dentists list And like any job, dentists will fall into 1 of 4 groups Good at what they do and liked by patients Good at what they do, but not liked by patients Not good at what they do but liked by patients Not good at what they do and not liked by patients When I say Good at what they do I mean they know their stuff and are ethical. You can make your own interpretation of the other definition. Your job is to find the first dentist. there are plenty of them around in both NHS and private practice. But conversely there are plenty in the other three groups.
  7. Sigh Ok, whilst I don't want FACTS to get in the way of peoples OPINIONS, I think it only fair to counter some of the wilder accusations on this thread. Where some of your get your information I'll never know. It takes 5 years of university to train as a dentist. On qualification, to be able to work in the NHS, dentists have to do 1 year of supervised on the job traning. This only aplies to UK graduates. EU dentists are free to work here without this training. Foreign dentists from outside the EU must pass a stringent examination. There are roughly 30,000 dentists in the UK. The majority work in the NHS. £2 billion of taxpayers money is spent on providing NHS dentistry Dentists are not number 1 on the suicide list, and are below both doctors and psychiatrists. This is not to deflect from the fact that dentistry is a very stressfull occupation demanding a host of skills. The average take home pay, before tax of a dentist, according to inland revenue figures, is £80K. According to inland revenue figures, private dentists do not earn significantly more, on average than NHS dentists. A dental practice is funded differantly to a doctors practice. From the fees recieved from patients and the government, dentists have to pay ALL expenses with the excpetion of non domestic rates. They must pay for the building (which they either own or lease), the staff, the materials, the utilities etc. Dentists therefor have to buy a practice to own it, and therefor take on significant financial risk, unlike doctors whose practices are usually the property of the Primary Care Trust. With the exception of dentists who work in the armed forces, hospitals and the community dental survice, all dentists are SELF EMPLOYED CONTRACTERS. They own and run their businesses, and contract with other self employed dentists (Associates) to work in said practices. NHS funding for a practice comes from the Primary Care Trust (PCT) budget. Any money paid by a patient does not go to the practice, but is subtracted from the next months payment from the PCT. To get this money, dentists are set treatment targets on a yearly basis. Failure to meet these targets results in CLAWBACK (a demand for repayment of sums) and can even result in a cancellation of the NHS contract with that practice which FORCES the practice to convert to private. NHS fees are set by central government. The new contract brought in in 2006 was never tested and was completely differant to what was promised. The recent Steele review has labelled the contract implementation and specifics a failure. The BDA has no power. It has paid members. It tries to negotiate with government regarding dental matters, but is frequently ignored. It's main job is to act as an advisor and weak trade union. The GDC (General Dental Council) is the body in charge of registering dentists. If a dentist is not registered, it is against the law for him to practice dentistry. Differant dentists will have differant opinions about what treatment should and should not be done. This is because dentistry is a highly complex field, with different ways to do get the same result. As an example, with the differant materials and techniques presently available, there are over 12 ways to fill a hole in a tooth. Many dentists do indeed drive flash cars. However, if you ask most dental accountants, this is because many (not all) dentists take out huge loans and have a habit of getting themselves deeply in debt. Some dentists are millionaires. This is usually through owning multiple practices, or becoming recognised experts in their field to the extent that people will pay them vast sums because of their reputation. The recomded examination period for patients is between 3 months and 1 year, depending on the risk of disease, disease progression, and patients compliance with the following point. If you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpast for 2 minutes twice a day, remove refined sugars from your diet, stay off the fags, floss daily and use a fluoride mouthwash, the average person will avoid getting holes in their teeth. As with anything, there will be people who can go 10 years without seeing a dentist, who eat nothing but sugar and who don't know what a toothbrush is....and yet not have any holes in their teeth. On the other extreme, there will be people who just see a bag of sugar on a supermarket shelf and end up with 10 cavities. This is what is known as the Bell curve. Carry on
  8. There is a housing development in Sheffield right next to the old Police station, thinks its called Velocity. Anyway, it's where I park whenever I go into town now, because there are no entry gates to the underground car park, and of the 100 or so flats completed, only like three are occupied (a friend of my mate worked on the project). The rest of the development is on hold, and the unsold flats are soon to be sold (or attempted to be sold) at auction. Of course, they are still building new flats all atound there, even though the roads cannot cope with the increased traffic. The empty flats will go well with the empty office buildings that are popping up like knife wielding teenagers at the local comp
  9. Don't wrestle with Pigs in Sh*t. There's no point The pigs love it And all that happens is you end up being covered in sh*t "When you have nothing to say, say nothing" - Charles Caleb Colton
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