What is a Dentist?
A dentist by definition is someone who is properly qualified to deal with diseases and issues affecting the teeth and gums, extraction of teeth, dentures, crowns, caps, root canals, chipped teeth, broken teeth, knocked out teeth, all repairs and extraction of teeth. Dentists graduate and can become self-employed General Dental Practitioners (GDP), practicing as private dentists or NHS dentists or they can do both.
Dentist open on Sunday costs
Dentists can also work in hospitals, clinics, dental clinics, health centres and dental hospitals. Private charges are set by each dentist and will vary regionally and even locally depending on the practice, the price will also be high for a dentist open on Sunday. NHS charges are set by the local NHS. A General Dentist can carry out dental restoration, crowns, bridges, braces, orthodontics, prosthodontics, dentures, endodontic, root canal, periodontal, gum therapy, oral surgery, tooth extraction, radiographs, x-rays and dental implants.
Highly qualified emergency dentists who have higher qualifications can undertake oral and maxillofacial surgery, implants and general anesthetics. Something that is often overlooked is that oral cavity conditions may indicate other diseases such as osteoporosis, diabetes, Aids and even lymphoma.
Are there any Dentists currently open on Sundays?
Finding a dentist open on Sunday can be incredibly tiring and troublesome, and most people who work during the hours of Monday to Saturday just end up giving up trying to find one, and putting their oral health at a huge risk.
Although there are dentists open on Sunday, at the moment they are rare, so you will need to do your research into which ones are open and what services they offer. Most dentists open on a Sunday will be emergency only (especially NHS dentists) and will offer little help if you want check up because you do not have time during the week. There are also some dentists who will open on Sunday but will charge extra for the inconvenience of being open in what people class as ‘out of hours’.
If you have an emergency, finding a dentist open on Sunday will be quite easy, and putting in a search on an online directory can usually direct you to the nearest place to access treatment out of hours. If you are in severe pain, such as bleeding that will not stop, pain that is not helped by painkillers or trauma to the face or mouth due to recent injury, your local A&E department will see you, and most hospitals will always have an Oral-Maxillofacial surgeon on hand for all emergency needs.
But what about if you just need a check up, a bit of a polish or a filling? Not being classed as emergency procedures can mean that you may really struggle to get a dentist to see you on a Sunday. Even shops only open 10:00am – 4:00pm on a Sunday so finding a healthcare professional, like a dentist open on Sunday can be a near on impossible task. Utilize directories that keep up to date opening hours is a must, and asking what the opening hours are when you first register with a dentist is also advisable.
Even services like dental hygienists are rarely open on a Sunday so it is good practice to keep up to date with all the services available in your area.
An Emergency dentist open on Sunday may be able to prescribe medications such as antibiotics, pain killers, local anaesthetics and even sedatives or hypnosis.
If you can’t find Dentists open on Sunday
If you cannot find a dentist open on Sunday, there are some self-help things that you can do. Pharmacists and chemists sell dental repair kits; they are only to be used as a temporary measure until you can seek a professional dental appointment.
What is an Emergency dentist?
An Emergency dentist, also known as a dental surgeon, is a medical expert, who specialises in the treatment and prevention of diseases within the mouth. An Emergency dentist is somebody who is open at anti social hours to deal with special cases of dental care. Emergency dentists are usually open 24 hours a day, however finding one open on a Sunday is hard.
An emergency dentist is a term used to describe a medical professional, who deals with issues involving the teeth and supporting tissues that are of high importance.
Will my regular dentist see me on a Sunday?
This very much depends on your dentist, and whether you are with a private or NHS dentist. When you register for your dentist, it is not only important to find out what the opening hours are, but it is also to find out what treatments they offer on a Sunday. One dentist open on Sunday will have different views to what another one classes as ’emergency treatment’ so if your dentist does only offer emergency treatment during Sunday hours it is worth doing your research to find out exactly what they are.
Most good directory websites will add a link to the dentist website so you can browse through all of the services offered once you have looked at their opening hours. If you are with a private dentist, chances are they will be a lot more flexible with hours, as the NHS simply do not have the budget to keep their dentistry services open 24 hours a day or 7 days a week.
If you are with a private dentist, they may charge extra for Sunday services, especially if it is outside of the hours of 10am to 4pm which are standard Sunday opening hours. This is another thing to check before you book in case you get stung with a bill you were not expecting at the end of your treatment, as private dentists are not as closely regulated on charges as NHS dentists are.
Although all dentists will need to be registered with the GDC to even operate (The General Dental Council) private dentists still have much more of an opportunity to set their own prices than NHS ones, especially is is a dentist open on Sunday.
How much will it cost me to see my dentist on a Sunday?
This is a tricky one, and is not that black and white. A NHS dentist open on Sunday will be a lot fairer in price than their private counterparts. Due to government regulation they are not technically allowed to charge customers more for the courtesy of seeing them on a Sunday.
The actual treatments offered, however, can be very basic. It is likely that your local NHS dentist will only see you on a Sunday in a strict emergency. If you have an abscess, or a tooth has fallen out or become chipped and painful, you are likely to get to see a standard NHS emergency dentist in your area.
Problems with braces coming off, fillings or crowns are also another form of treatment that you are likely to be seen for by your NHS dentist on a Sunday. Standard prices can differ by area, but as long as you can find the contact details they should be able to give you a rough estimate.
Seeing a private dentist on a Sunday can be a bit more pricey, but you may be able to access treatments that are more minor or cosmetic if you cannot find the time to go during the normal working week. If you need some veneers or even just a check up, private dentistry is probably the best option out of hours.
Is it worth seeing a dentist on a Sunday?
In this day and age, we are all working longer hours, for less pay. Recent economic short falls mean there are even some people working who cannot have time off paid, and would need to take off time during the week unpaid to access imperative medical care.
You should see your dentist for a check up every 6 months, and book an appointment as soon as possible if you are experiencing pain or discomfort. Due to the whole ‘Monday to Friday’ culture, there are thousands of adults across the UK who are not having regular dental check ups. Do not leave it too late to visit the dentist so that you end up in Accident and Emergency with an extremely painful dental problem. Finding a dentist open on Sunday is not just for convenience, it is important to your health if you work during the week and cannot get to check ups.
Making an effort now to keep up to date with your oral health and hygiene can save you problems in later life.
If you have a fear of the dentist, there are many professional dentists who can offer you special treatment; you will have to make enquiries at individual practices.
What services will a dentist open on Sunday offer?
A dentist open on Sunday can offer a range of services, from just the basics that would class as emergency treatments to more cosmetic treatments such as a scale and polish. The difference between private dentists and emergency dentists is that private dentists may offer the more cosmetic work on Sunday but NHS emergency dentists will only cover things they class as an emergency and only offer services such as:
– Dental pain relief
– Course of urgent dental care
– Dental emergency treatment
– Hospital referral
– Chipped or broken or knocked out tooth
– Lost filling
– Lost crown
– Broken braces
– Soft tissue injuries
If you go to a dentist open on Sunday which is a private dentist, you will be able to have a range of treatments as well as emergency treatments such as:
– Teeth straightening
– Teeth whitening
– General dentistry
– Scale and polish
It may be worth noting that even if you do have a private dentist and you wish to make an appointment on a Sunday, they may give preference to people who need emergency treatment, over people who are booking in for cosmetic treatments such as whitening. If you do wish to save going private and see an NHS dentist for something such as a scale and polish you may have to bite the bullet and book up on a weekday.
Services offered by a dentist open on a Sunday in detail
Dental bleaching, also know as teeth whitening, is a common procedure for dentists, and even though it isn’t an emergency some dentists will be willing to whiten your teeth on a Sunday as an emergency. The NHS does not class this as an emergency, therefore private is the only way for this to be done as an emergency.
An alternative method to bleaching your teeth is to apply veneers on top of your teeth. Veneers are a thin layer of material that can be placed over a tooth, either to improve the look of the teeth, or protect the surface of the tooth from damage.
Knocked-out adult tooth
You should try and re-implant your own tooth as soon as possible. Then try and see a dentist within an hour.
If you have re-implanted it, then the emergency dentist will check that you have done this correctly. The dentist may apply a splint for a couple of weeks to hold it in place with its neighbouring teeth using wire or plastic. What to do with a knocked out tooth that you cannot re-implant:
- Try not to touch the root.
- Put it in milk or salt water to clean it and then put it back into the empty socket in your mouth. DO NOT clean with water or alcohol.
- After implanting the tooth, apply pressure by biting down on it, possibly onto a piece of clean material to keep it in place.
- If you are unable to re-implant the tooth, then store in a clean container in milk, or covered in a bit of saliva, or hold in your mouth until you see the dentist.
Children’s teeth (milk teeth) must not be re-implanted, leave the space and an adult tooth will fill the gap in time.
A lost tooth
If it is a front tooth, then most people consider this an emergency and want it replaced immediately. A missing tooth can affect your eating, speech and smile. Your upper and lower teeth may not bite together properly and this may cause other teeth to grow into the gap at an angle. However, some people decide to not replace lost teeth. The options are:
- A denture (a plastic or metal tooth that can be clipped onto other teeth).
- A bridge (a permanent fixed false tooth. It is fixed to teeth on either side with a dental cement).
- An implant (this is a permanent fixed false tooth, which is fixed to the jawbone with titanium screws using local anesthetic).
Broken tooth / Chipped tooth
If you have the chipped or broken tooth you can store it in milk or in saliva until you see the dentist. The dentist will decide if it is possible to reattach the tooth. If it is the edge of a front tooth then tooth coloured filling will probably be used. Larger back teeth, called molars that are used for eating may be replaced with a larger filling, a cap or a crown.
A tooth broken halfway can possibly have damaged blood vessels and nerves; this will require a root canal treatment to avoid infection. The centre of the tooth will be removed and then filled with appropriate filling, a cap or crown. If you have any complaints or concerns whether private or NHS then you can if you want contact the General Dental Council.
This is the dental service that is concerned with the treatment of dental pulp. A number of procedures can be performed which include; root canal therapy, treating cracked teeth, and treating dental trauma. Root canal therapy is the most common procedure for dental pulp.
This is a Endodontic procedure whereby a tooth’s root tip is removed and a root end cavity is prepared. This is usually necessitated when a conventional root canal therapy had failed and a re-treatment was already unsuccessful or is not advised.
A dental crown is a type of dental procedure that completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the on going health of a tooth.
Dental bonding is a type of dentistry, which deals with the bonding to the natural substance of teeth. Dental bonding is a dental procedure in which an emergency dentist applies a coloured resin material and cures it with visible, blue light.
Tips for finding a dentist open on Sunday
– Use an online directory, most of which are updated very regularly.
– Speak to your own dentist, and find out what the opening hours are before you register. It may be that you have a day off during the week, but they may be closed on that day, which will be useless to you.
– Find out if your existing NHS dentist offers private clinics and vice versa find our if your private clinic has an emergency NHS clinic for anything that may go wrong our of hours.
– Find out in advance what the Sunday prices are, it may be that you can get a better deal at a dentist that isn’t your regular one.
– Ensure the Sunday dentist you are using is fully GDC registered, you can check this on the general dental councils website.
All in all, finding a dentist offering Sunday services can be challenging, as Sunday is classed as a non-working day. Use all of the tools available to you to get the best service and ensure you are safe.