Hi JonR - yes, the hygienist spends half an hour scraping and cleaning deeper into the gums (nice) whereas my dentist does a 10-minute check up and a quick polish. I see a dentist twice and year and a hygienst twice a year - so I go every three months to keep a sparkly pair of gnashers! I'm going to try the hygienist at Talbot Yard as it's nearest. They are charging me £50 (I have to see the dentist there first for £16.50). Thanks everyone.
Well, having been to the Talbot Yard practice I'm not at all impressed. The hygienist herself was perfectly nice and efficient. However, the way it's run is abysmal. They insisted I pay for the hygienist in advance. Why would I agree to pay for an appointment six months in advance? It's bad enough going to the dentist without a stand-up row. I certainly could not recommend this place to anyone.
Have to agree that paying to see a hygenist six months in advance is rather and odd concept. However, the answer is simple - don't book six months in advance. I've just been to the Talbot Yard practice and told the receptionist I'd ring in six months to make another appointment
As someone mentioned the Hygienist has specialised in cleaning teeth more in depth. In their work they normally spend more time with the patient on cleaning teeth then the dentist can do.
The dentist has a wider spectrum of skills. The first one is the skill to diagnose. This is why you have to see a dentist first and a hygienist later, a patient is in reality referred to the hygienist.
The dentist can further do a number of other treatments including pulling out teeth (extraction), filling, reshaping teeth (veneers),replacing the teeth (crowns or bridges).
Just wanted to add my thoughts on Talbot Yard dental practice - the place is atrocious - it's cheaper than going private, but you get what you pay for. I've traipsed up there twice now to be told my appointment had been cancelled due to the dentist overunning/being ill and no-one called me to let me know. The one time I actually managed to have an appointment the dentist kept me waiting for 15 minutes, despite the fact I could see her just having a cup of coffee and chatting with the nurse in her room. I also felt a lot of pain during a filling. Don't bother.
I had a very deep and thorough clean last Thursday from a very friendly and communicative hygienist called Esther at the Talbot dental clinic off Borough High St. It cost £50 and was the best clean I ever had!
The dentist there is very good too, her name is Debbie and I think they are still taking NHS patients.
there's a walk in dental hygiene studio in canary wharf that i went to the other day - it was great because i didnt have to go and see a dentist first and just walked in off the street and had it done straight away. it was called smile pod i think
Well I've just been to Talbot Dental again, paid £75 for a hygenist ... v. annoyingly I get a different one each time because they always seem to be leaving .. the one this time was somewhat clumsy and caused me a few too many squirms and flinches, don't they realise they are pressing down too hard on your tongue etc ?! I told her she needed to be more careful about that afterwards and she said goodbye without bothering to turn round in her chair. Despite that bad start, I automatically booked another appointment for three months time (she told me people like me with implants need to see hygenist more like 4 times a year, so that will be up to £300 a year thanks very much), and yes I paid £40 upfront and another £18.50 for the NHS checkup .. I asked the receptionist if it was normal to charge even NHS appointments upfront so far in advance and she said it's to stop people missing them.
Anyone recommend any other hygenists in the area ? Thanks.