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Five things that really matter at the dentist

IN response to your feature on dental tourism (July 8) I must point out that a patient being happy with the treatment that has been carried out is not an accurate assessment of whether:

1. The appropriate treatment was done.

2. The standard of the preparation work done was adequate

3. The work done damaged the nerves of the teeth and might result in abscesses.

4. There will be long-term effect on the gums

5. The life expectancy of the teeth has been improved or worsened. Trust should be established between patient and dentist that treatment is in the patient’s best interest, and not to make a quick buck and never see the patient again.

Some of your price comparisons were misleading. For example, you compared the cost of one crown in the South with seven crowns in the North. You would find in most practices the per unit cost of seven crowns is less and in fact very close to Northern Ireland prices.

Frank O’Hara BDS

Shandon Street



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