We’re pleased to have Ealing based dentist Dr Nikolaos Lilis guest blogging for Northfields and sharing how you can find a dentist you can trust when you move to a new area.
Over to Nikolaos..
It feels like there are a million things to arrange during a house move, but finding a good dentist is something you need to do as soon as you’ve moved into a new area.
1. A good atmosphere
Every single patient, whatever the reason they decide to visit the dentist, should be treated politely, efficiently and respectfully by the dentist and the practice staff. A welcoming atmosphere is a ‘must’ and the patients should feel comfortable discussing all possible options and ask questions about potential risks or benefits of suggested treatments. A good dentist provides all kind of information without second thought and sympathises with nervous or phobic patients, children and the elderly.
2. An eye for detail
Keep an eye on the details; a dental practice should be well organised, perfectly clean and tidy. A dentist should be open and honest about the treatment prices and always provide a written treatment plan and cost estimate. The practice should have a clearly documented complaints procedure and should welcome all types of feedback; it should keep full and accurate patient notes and should send appointment reminders.
3. Registered with the General Dental Council (GDC)
All dentists in the UK must be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), the organisation which regulates all dental professionals, in order to work legally in the country.
Make sure your preferred dentist is registered and provides that information.
In addition, check that the dentist you’re about to trust has successfully completed five years of undergraduate training and been awarded a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS or BChD). Continuing professional development since qualifying is desirable, in order to keep up to date with new techniques and treatments. A good dentist should also be member of additional professional associations and societies, such as the British Dental Association (BDA) or the International Team of Implantology (ITI) for example. Recognised specialist qualifications in particular areas (e.g. non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox) are always advantageous.
5. The latest technology
Nowadays, modern technology is defining our everyday lives and dentists should keep up to date with this. Modern methods indicate that a dental practice provides the best for its patients; special dental cameras such as intra-oral ones, large screen displays, computer generated X-ray images and dental lasers constitute a few examples of appropriate equipment.
In case something cannot be created on the premises, a technologically advanced laboratory should collaborate with the dentist by using the best materials.
6. Community involvment
Finally, a good dentist should be active outside the practice and interact with the local community and charities.
Who is Dr Nikolaos Lilis?
Dr Nikolaos Lilis graduated from the Dental Department, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki (Greece) in 2002 and has been registered with the UK General Dental Council since 2004. He first practiced dentistry during his military service in Greece, which was both energetic and demanding in a variety of circumstances. His UK experience started in the Midlands where he practiced dentistry for over 6 years and built an excellent career as an associate dentist, before relocating to Ealing where he finally settled with his partner and lovely cat Fatsa. Dr Lilis attended various postgraduate courses including Multi-Implant training at Trafford General Hospital, Manchester and is a member of the International Team of Implantology (ITI) and the British Dental Association (BDA). Recently, he expanded his skills into non-surgical cosmetic treatments, becoming qualified at Harley Street, London in administering OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox), a field he finds very interesting and rewarding for his patients.
In his private time, he enjoys everything Ealing and West London offers including the great restaurants, pubs and concert venues that can be found here and is a keen photographer, musician and hi-end audio enthusiast.
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