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Hi All,

In a nutshell i have to have a tooth removed and would like to have it done at the dental hospital can i demand that my dentist refer me?

 

 

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Simple answer is yes. Your Dentist would charge you the NHS rate and make a referral. You then might need 2 hospital appointments. First one is an assessment only and then they book you in for the extraction. This could take two months before the extraction happens.

 

This is based on the extraction not being urgent. If it is urgent because of extreme pain, then it depends. The local dental hospital might have an arrangement for urgent referrals. If your dentist refuses to refer you and you don't trust the dentist, then contact the dental hospital direct.


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Our local dental hospital operates a walk in service - no appointment needed - for those that need urgent treatment, assessed in the morning and treated in the afternoon. Find out how yours operate.


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you can normally get it doen at a teaching hospital for free at fairly short notice. Worth considering if you need gold work doing as you only pay for ther gold, not the work

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It depends on the area. The way it works around where I live is that the dentist makes the referral. It isn’t sent to a hospital but a centralised office who assess and then either bounce it back to the dentist (just because a patient demands does not mean that they are eligible for hospital treatment), sends it onwards to a specialist practice or for very difficult cases sends it on to the hospital. On the most part it’s a good system as it keeps the waiting list down for the difficult cases.

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I can’t offer any specific advice about the process but if you have any concerns over the procedure then please do talk them through with your dentist, it could be that the dental hospital isn’t necessarily the best place for your treatment or that the dentist agrees with you and refers you urgently. Nevertheless it’s worth talking it through openly and airing your reasoning.


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