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Woolwich London (NHS)

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jkin

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Joined
Oct 23, 2008
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London, UK
I'm living in SE18 area, and I hadn't seen a dentist in 15+ years. I have a stack of broken teeth, need a bunch of fillings, a possible root filling, veneers for damaged front teeth (old childhood accident), braces and wisdom tooth extraction for impacted and partially impacted teeth. I finally lived up to the New Years resolution I've been making every year now for the past 10 years, and made an appointment to see a dentist in Woolwich.

They're the Woowich Dental Practice on Woolwich New Street, they're accepting NHS patients, and, having seen a dental surgeon in theUS, supposed home of the perfect smile and perfect dentists, on a consult only basis as a private patient, seeing this dentist was so much less stressful than seeing the specialist in the US. I can happily say that so many of my fears were eased during the 10 minute consult with this dentist. She checked all my teeth, explained everything in plain English to me, all the time telling me that things weren't nearly as bad as I expected, and told me that I needed a little work done for now, didn't give me a huge list of work to be done that would have scared me off completely, and went out of her way to actually make a follow up appointment for me this Friday to start treatment, one tooth at a time, so I didn't have the option of just walking straight past the desk and never looking back which has happened so many times.
I know it's a bit of a hike to Woolwich from Kent, but this dentist just needed to be mentioned and you won't regret making the journey if she can put you at ease too. I wholeheartedly recommend this practice to any phobic patient. I went from tears to smiles within 10 minutes with her and I'm looking forward to having a mouth full of teeth that I don't have to worry about a lot sooner than I expected to be done with my treatment!
Oh, just as a side note, she will refer you to a specialist who will do extractions under IV sedation, even as an NHS patient. That might help with the sensitive gag reflex. I'm OK with front teeth, but I gag when anything touches my tongue at the back, so she was very careful not to put too many instruments in my mouth, showed me everything she was going to use and took everything one step at a time.

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Details:

Woolwich Dental Practice, 7-9 Woolwich New Rd, Thamesmead West, London SE18 6EX
 

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