Dentist help needed

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Dontwalkaway Thu 08-Oct-20 12:12:40

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MillyMollyMardy Thu 08-Oct-20 13:40:53

OK, so the root canal treatment sounds like that needs specialist treatment. That is the one you need to try to pay for if you want to save the tooth but please ask them when/if they will recommend a crown as that may be an additional cost that hasn't yet been discussed.

The other filling should be doable on the NHS so go back to your dental practice and ask them to do it, this will be a band 2 charge unless you chose to have a white filling for cosmetic reasons. The specialist should have contacted your dentist with their findings so they'll then know you need a filling and they have discussed your gum health.

Control and management of gum disease is about excellent oral hygiene at home, hygiene visits certainly help but your starting point is self care. Do you have an electric toothbrush and are you using interdental brushes? There are lots of clips on the internet about technique. You could ask if for now you can concentrate on the root canal treatment and ask your dentist how your cleaning is when you have the filling done.

Dontwalkaway Thu 08-Oct-20 14:13:17

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MillyMollyMardy Thu 08-Oct-20 15:35:43

He should have given you a treatment plan. You can ask for copies of your x-rays to be forwarded to your dentist or ask for them yourself and send them. If the filling (not the root canal) is not giving problems you've got some time.
Periodontal disease is very common. Yes, poor oral hygiene is a factor but there is a big hereditary element. Knowing how to clean really effectively is what you need and a hygienist will show you how to. The hygiene appointments will be for thorough cleaning and hygiene instruction.
I'd speak to the private Dental Clinic and say that you can't afford all the treatment at the moment and are going to prioritise the root canal treatment, ask your NHS dental practice if they can do the filling and ask both practices if they have information sheets/links the hygienist would normally give out so that you can start using the best techniques. Seeing the Hygienist would be great going forward but your priority needs to be your root canal.

Dontwalkaway Thu 08-Oct-20 15:55:19

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Torvean32 Thu 08-Oct-20 23:12:40

.my nhs dentist isnt doing anything with aerosol as needs PPI plus room needs left for an hour for droplets to fall. Then room needs cleaned.

Dontwalkaway Fri 09-Oct-20 05:43:08

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MillyMollyMardy Fri 09-Oct-20 09:28:20

The gaps between treatments affects all dental practices NHS or Private and is different depending on the surgery ventilation. It's why so many of us are struggling to see patients. I'm only seeing about 6 patients a day (mainly for treatment) and not currently doing check ups. I'd normally see 35-30 people a day.
I think I'd recommend getting copies of the xray and your treatment plan and asking your NHS practice for their advice. You may not have seen a hygienist with your NHS dentist but they will have assessed your gum health and you will have a BPE score.

DishRanAwayWithTheSpoon Fri 09-Oct-20 10:01:35

The private dentiat should only be doing the root canal. Anything else -fillings, gum treatment should be done by your regular nhs dentist. Gum treatment doesnt need a hygenist a regular nhs dentist can do it.

Did your dentist refer you for the root canal? If not go back to your orginal dentist and get a referral for a specialist root canal. Shop around and look at specialist prices and see if theres one thats a bit cheaper. It sounds like you might have just booked a consultation with a private dentist but what you need is a referral from your dentist to a specialist

Theres no financial help available for private dentistry, thats sort of the point of NHS. If you cant afford specialist treatment then you either need an NHS root canal or and NHS extraction. You could ask your dentist if they know of any NHS endo specialists but tbh most areas dont have them.

Dontwalkaway Fri 09-Oct-20 10:24:19

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Dontwalkaway Wed 21-Oct-20 09:09:11

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MillyMollyMardy Wed 21-Oct-20 10:02:15

@Dontwalkaway there's a huge variation in how teeth feel afterwards. Tender is normal so putting hard pressure on it will hurt. Take painkillers, soft food and let it settle down.
The only thing to watch out for is if you find it's a particular spot that is giving a sharp pain when you release after biting down- that's a sign of a crack and needs seeing.
Glad you've had it done.

Dontwalkaway Wed 21-Oct-20 10:23:36

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MillyMollyMardy Wed 21-Oct-20 15:14:52

You can always get the xrays on your next visit or they can e-mail them.

Give your NHS dentist a nudge to tell you what they are doing at the moment. We've all just had new guidelines published which should help to improve access.

StarCat2020 Wed 21-Oct-20 15:41:49

I feel your pain as I am also desperate to see the dentist having broken two teeth during lockdown.

Dontwalkaway Wed 21-Oct-20 20:07:39

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Dontwalkaway Tue 29-Dec-20 06:44:23

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HRHRomy Tue 29-Dec-20 06:58:36

NHS dentistry is shockingly inadequate. I had similar attitudes from NHS dentists years ago when I was on benefits. No hygienist visits even though the NHS says i'm entitled to them. They had such contempt and an air of well why should we bother with you, you will just end up with dentures you benefits scum.

What a difference when I went private. They treat you like a human being and actually save you money in the long term by spotting issues.

I know you currently aren't in a position to go fully private but consider changing dentists to another NHS one who might be a bit better?

You didn't know that the appointment was going to be a waste, it's good you attended still as you would have wondered. If you want to you can complain.

My best advice is to really up the oral hygiene and take care of the remaining teeth. Possibly try and keep sugary stuff to meal times and all that good stuff. Hope that's the last of your teeth drama as I know the pain is like nothing else.

Dontwalkaway Tue 29-Dec-20 07:56:50

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