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Went to dentist last week with toothache, I couldn't pin point which tooth the pain was coming from (either lateral incisor or central incisor). X ray appeared to show infection at root of lateral but when dentist was tapping on teeth and putting cold stuff on it the central was more sensitive.
Given 5 days worth of antibiotics and told to go back in 4-6 weeks for another x ray to see what was happening with a possibility of root canal. He initially wanted to wait and see if pain localised before starting antibiotics and said he hoped that would confirm which of the 2 teeth was the problem. I insisted that I wanted to start taking medication straight away as was in agony!
Anyway I finished my tablets today and just gave my tooth a prod (lateral incisor) and have just massively freaked myself out as it is slightly wobbly I am now really scared that my tooth is going to have to come out and am actually shaking at the thought of losing one of my front teeth <drama queen!>
Can anyone please advise me if my tooth falling out/being removed in now inevitable?
Are there any dentists here? I am epileptic and I take epilim chrono to control it. I had all of my teeth taken out 3 years ago after suffering for years with abscesses and crumbling teeth because of my receding gums. I have tried 4 different sets of false teeth. I just can't wear them. Having no teeth is seriously affecting my life. I don't go anywhere, I take my boy to school with my head down and then come home and stay here. I don't speak to anyone except my family, I'm so upset, I thought that the extraction was the answer to my prayers, i now realise that it was a terrible mistake but i cant put it right, i cry every single day. I am only 35 but I feel like my life is over. I can't even look in a mirror. Please can anyone help me
lady, is there no way you could afford implants? they are a big commitment but they would change your life. MrsA it's possible the infection has left your tooth a little loose, it does NOT mean you will lose your tooth. go back to your dentist for reassurance then proceed with proposed treatment, good luck.
Looked into implants, even denture implants, way out of my price range. First dentist I saw said I may be eligible for nhs implants as my situation may have been caused by prescribed medication (receding gums are a side effect of epilim) but his practise is no longer there and my dentist is less than sympathetic. I have no idea where to go for help, even looked into letting students loose on me but no luck
Thanks for the replies - quick update, got an emergency appointment on Tuesday and dentist said he thought the infection has damaged the periodontal ligaments which is why it is now wobbly and the one next to it is also very slightly wobbly apparently. Went back for root canal today and he has removed pus and blood <boak!>. He seems to think there is a good chance that once the swelling starts to go down that over time the teeth should tighten up a bit <fingers crossed>
Lady - go to your GP and see if he can refer you to dental hospital or dentist who can do the work on NHS because (a) you lost your teeth due to prescribed medication and (b) the loss of your teeth is having a negative effect on you psychologically. You really do deserve to be treated better than this.
Tututilly, thanks so much for your reply. I will go and see my gp this week. I know I cannot carry on living a half life. I have always just gone along with 'those who know better' but after years of being kicked about by the nhs I know that medical professionals aren't always right, I bear the scars.
As an aside it frustrates the pants off me when patients (including lots of posters on here) say "take all my teeth out and give me false ones" or "profiteering dentist wants to save my tooth rather than extract it so they can make more money out of me".
There is absolutely no substitute for natural teeth. One of the best gifts a parent can give a child is good teeth, that is ones which have no sugar between meals and see a dentist regularly. Not straight, not white, just not decayed.
Mrs Morton, I totally agree with you. I didn't look after my teeth and have now had 7 pulled. On one side I only have one bottom molar, and that is mostly filling. I know the dentist isn't pulling it so I have something to chew with, not to make more money from me when he needs to fill it again!