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Nhs wisdom tooth referral

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Hi does anyone have experience of the waiting times for wisdom tooth extraction with a referral from your dentist. Thanks
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  • Toothsmith
    Toothsmith Posts: 10,077 Forumite
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    It can vary enormously depending on region. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • brook2jack2
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    In one area I worked two years and counting, in another around 4 months. Most places up to a year. 
  • jemj83
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    I live in London. Was referred in May '22, had first consultation in Dec '22 and am booked in for removal in May '23
  • Toothsmith
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    In my area, after I've referred them, I generally have the final letter back saying it's been done within 4-5 months. Sometimes quicker. 
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
  • Matt_22
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    In my area, after I've referred them, I generally have the final letter back saying it's been done within 4-5 months. Sometimes quicker. 
    Thanks does that involve a specialist dentist in primary care. Or being sent to hospital?
  • Matt_22
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    It can vary enormously depending on region. 
    Is there any way of finding this out?
  • brook2jack2
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    Ask the dentist who referred you for average waiting list time. 
    In some areas tier 2 referrals are set up for less complicated wisdom teeth , some of which can also provide sedation. Waiting list times tend to be shorter where this applies. 

    If you need to go to hospital ie because you need a general anaesthetic or because there is no tier 2 provision then waiting lists will be much,much much longer. 

  • Matt_22
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    Thanks it's been accepted as a tier 2 referral. I have tracked my referral. What would happen next do they get you in for a consulation or do you just get an appointment for it to be done? Thanks
  • brook2jack2
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    Normally for tier 2 your dentist will have sent x rays along with your referral and , depending on this, they may want to get you in first for any further investigations and informed consent. If it is fairly straight forward they may take it out on first  visit. 
  • Matt_22
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    Thanks, it says it has been accepted. Does this mean the consultant has viewed the x-ray. I know they said they had sent one. Thanks

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