Londoners are sharing genius tips on how to get a dentist appointment including one way of getting free treatment

Londoners have taken to Reddit to discuss ways on how to get a dentist appointment. They’ve been notoriously hard to come by during the Covid-19 pandemic and many surgeries are still not taking NHS patients.

And one person had a problem: “I broke my front tooth couple years ago and had dentist glue it. Everything was great until it fell off a couple days ago. I was trying to find an NHS dentist for last couple of days but everywhere I’m calling I hear that they don’t take any new NHS patients. Only private. What should I do? I can’t afford to do it privately.”

And people were quick to share their similar tales of woe: “It’s a national crisis,” one said. “I’m now living up north and there are no NHS dental places. I submitted a formal complaint to the NHS for not providing me with a place. They responded by saying there weren’t any dentists, what were they meant to do about it? And closed my complaint.

READ MORE: Dentists leaving NHS in droves as crisis means people left waiting months for an appointment



There’s a clever trick to getting free dentist appointments

“I got one by accidentally having an emotional breakdown on the 6th emergency dentist I’d seen in three weeks, and he very kindly offered me a place on his NHS list. If that hadn’t happened I’d have written to my local MP next asking for their help.” Another wrote “I’m the same. Moved to London 12 years ago and never found a dentist that would take me on as a patient.”

But plenty of people had advice on how to get an appointment, including how to get a free appointment: “You could self-refer to one of the dental schools at Guys, Bart’s or Eastmans,” one said with another person adding to be there “before 8am”. London’s dental students perform routine check-ups and procedures and are supervised by professionals but because it’s a student service, it’s free.

Another person suggested an extreme measure to get seen: “You could just lie, it’s a bit of a d**k move but if you tell 111 it’s very painful they will send you to an emergency appointment. I wouldn’t feel too bad about it, it’s not our fault we have to ‘Mad Max’ it out to be seen.”



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And several people suggested heading out of the capital to get your teeth checked: “Not sure what London prices are like, but I was quoted £95 to have mine redone in Buckinghamshire, could be cost effective to travel out as a last resort?” one said and another wrote “I had to go to Tunbridge Wells and I live in Orpington.”

About the delays in getting treatment, a spokesperson for NHS London said: “As a result of the pandemic, practices are working extremely hard to work through the backlogs of dental care and ensuring urgent cases are dealt with. For those that are in pain or experiencing facial swelling, London has a round the clock NHS 111 Service, diverting patients to the Dental Triage Service. Patients who do not routinely attend a practice and are unable to find a local practice which has capacity, will get an appointment at an urgent dental care centre. “

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