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If you’re a regular reader of the news, you’re likely to be aware of the problems people across the UK (perhaps yourself included), have been facing when attempting to secure an NHS dentist appointment in recent months.

NHS dentists have always done a fantastic job of caring for the teeth and gums of patients in England and Wales. But, with NHS dental appointments becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, choosing to go private is one of the best things you can do to ensure the long-term welfare of your oral health.

In this piece, we’ll be delving into why this is. We will cover:

What Sets Private Dental Care Apart From NHS Care?

With NHS care unable to keep up with the demand for dentist and hygienist appointments, many people are potentially at risk of developing dental problems that become irrevocable.

At the centre of dental anatomy is prevention. Why? Because teeth are an ectodermal organ (they are considered an extremity like sweat glands, skin, and hair), that cannot self-repair.

For this reason, looking after them requires a preventive mindset, whether you’re 1 or 99 years of age. Whilst it might be logical to assume that teeth are more resilient when our bodies are young and have excellent regenerative capacities, you can be just as susceptible to decay (tooth extractions are the most common reason for the hospitalisation of children aged between 6-10 years of age).

You could say teeth are a bit of a design flaw of the human body for this reason. But that’s no reason to be defeatist when it comes to caring for your teeth! In today’s healthcare landscape, choosing a private dentist (Leeds-based Meliora Dental springs to mind!) is likely to be highly advantageous to your wellbeing.

Here’s why.

Reduced Waiting Times

When a dental problem like a cavity or a cracked or chipped tooth strike time is of the essence.

Once a tooth is weakened by such problems, its condition can deteriorate quickly.

Unfortunately, the delay in waiting for an NHS appointment (waiting lists can be up to 3 years in some parts of the UK), could be the reason your tooth fails completely, and needs an extraction.

If you’re seeking a private dentist, Leeds is increasingly running out of NHS appointments. Here at Meliora Dental, we will ensure we follow up with you if you have not booked in for your routine dentist or hygienist appointment, helping you to keep on top of any emerging issues with your soft tissues and teeth.

You will never need to wait longer than a week or a routine appointment with us, and we endeavour to get you seen for emergency appointments within 24 hours of you contacting the practice.

Advanced Technology At Our Disposal

As a private dentist, Leeds’s Dr Kunal Rai (practice principal at Meliora Dental), had a clear clinical vision for how his practice would be equipped.

Kunal wanted the technology at Meliora Dental to be beneficial to the patient experience. Notable investments include the digital intra-oral scanner, which renders the dental impression-taking process smoother, more comfortable, and faster for patients.

Our OPT scanner has also been a fantastic addition to the practice, aiding with obtaining accurate 360-degree images of your jawbone. This technology allows your dentist to measure and localise the jawbone available within the jaw for implant placement, mimicking the possibility for anomalies and unexcepted outcomes during the implant healing period.

Longer Appointments (Getting To Know You Is High On Our Priority List)

As Louis Armstrong put it in his famous James Bond theme song ‘We have all the time in the world’.

OK, maybe we don’t have all the time in the world to see you, but as a private dentist, we are fortunate to have the time to establish a rapport with you at every appointment you attend. We hate rushing, and we’ll certainly never give you a half-baked answer to a question or clinical concern in the interests of saving time.

Our longer appointment slots also give your dentist the opportunity to find out about your cosmetic goals and identify any issues pertaining to the physical wellbeing of your teeth (and any mental repercussions as a result of these).

Each member of our team is a people person.

First and foremost, it’s our love of caring for people’s wellbeing that motivates us in our profession, every single day. Being in the private sector is conducive to exercising this level of care, as we are fortunate to have sufficient time to sit down with you to understand your clinical and personal needs. The valuable extra minutes we can spend with you also allows your dentist to conduct an accurate and detailed examination of your teeth, ensuring not even the tiniest cavity goes unnoticed and allowed to cause further damage to a tooth.

 

 

Private Dental Care and Your Mental Health – How Are They Linked?

A survey published in November last year found that a staggering 50% of adults aged between 18-34 missed work last year due to NHS waiting lists.

This prolonged wait for treatment not only risks existing conditions becoming exacerbated, but it also increases the potential link to mental health problems associated with being absent from work.

Accessing dental care swiftly after symptoms appear is crucial to maintaining good morale and mental health, reducing anxiety that would accompany waiting for treatment.

Contact Meliora Dental To See a Private Dentist in Leeds

We are currently accepting new patients and as a full-service dental practice, we can offer the routine check-ups you require, in addition to a range of restorative and cosmetic dental services. Our experienced dentists also offer facial aesthetics treatments including anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.

Contact our friendly reception team to book your appointment with Dr Kunal Rai, and the experienced clinical team who support him in delivering outstanding dental care to patients seeking a private dentist.

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As a result of an accident I had as a child my front tooth suffered some trauma and became discoloured over time. The tooth eventually broke last year which led to it being removed. I was referred to Kunal who took me through the various options I had. As functionality was the most important aspect...

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As a child, I was given a fixed brace by a practice who showed very little care. These were removed after 9 months due to them being "unable to straighten anymore" leaving me unhappy with my teeth and a major open bite. As years went on, I became less and less confident with my teeth,...

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Thank you for your hard work and I hope this testimonial reflects just how happy I am with my smile. The care and attention which I received during my smile makeover was far better than any I have previously experienced. Kunal and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I had regular check-ups throughout,...

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Kunal is a very approachable, informative and meticulous dentist. From the beginning of my last Invisalign journey, Kunal explained the procedure very clearly and thoroughly. He showed me a 3D image and how my teeth would change throughout the treatment, the length of the treatment and the possible cons of it, such as black triangles...

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As a result of an accident I had as a child my front tooth suffered some trauma and became discoloured over time. The tooth eventually broke last year which led to it being removed. I was referred to Kunal who took me through the various options I had. As functionality was the most important aspect for a replacement for me we agreed an implant was the route to go. The tooth removal however left an element of damage to the natural bone so I had to undergo a bone graft to repair this. One year after the extraction (as 2 bone grafts were needed in the end) I'm now fitted with my implant and I can honestly say I have never been as proud to smile as I am today. From start to finish Kunal...

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As a child, I was given a fixed brace by a practice who showed very little care. These were removed after 9 months due to them being "unable to straighten anymore" leaving me unhappy with my teeth and a major open bite. As years went on, I became less and less confident with my teeth, until I came across Kunal. From the first moment I walked into the practice, Kunal was very welcoming and talked me through every possible stage that would happen if I was to go ahead with treatment with zoom calls to show the perceived results and ensure I was happy to go ahead with treatment Kunal gave me a diagnosis of my open bite, which was behavioural, therefore instantly this behavioural trait was worked upon to receive the best results from...

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Thank you for your hard work and I hope this testimonial reflects just how happy I am with my smile. The care and attention which I received during my smile makeover was far better than any I have previously experienced. Kunal and his team were amazing throughout the entire process. I had regular check-ups throughout, and each time Kunal would make sure I was happy, not just with the work that had already taken place, but with the direction my smile was headed. Kunal engaged in discussion with me about each aspect making sure I fully understood what would happen and giving me the chance to have my own input. This combined with his vast knowledge and incredible skill left me feeling fully relaxed and in safe hands. Each step was performed in meticulous detail,...

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