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Any DENTISTS around? Had advice today but unsure of what to do......

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bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 17-Jul-08 20:17:02

so have had horrid toothache for a few weeks.
finally had my appointment with NHS dentist today.
she asked what the problem was, I told her,
she asked me to open my mouth then close it and sit up.
The tooth has decay in the filling and is infected. it needs to come out or have root canal work.
I chose root canal as I don't really want a gap.

I thought nothing more of it until I have just told DH and he thinks I should get a second opinion. He thinks that she wasn't thorough enough and she didn't offer me enough options

However I know nothing of dentistry, I likened it to breaking your leg, to an A&E doctor it is clear that you have broken your leg and there is no point offering physiotherapy when you know it needs putting back in place and then a cast to hold it. IYKWIM

anbyway can anyone help.. We do have a private dentist near by that I could go and see for a consultation/second opinion.

southeastastra Thu 17-Jul-08 20:20:12

did she x-ray it or give you any anti-biotics?

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 17-Jul-08 20:21:08

she has given me antibiotics. have to take them for a week before my appointment for root canal

southeastastra Thu 17-Jul-08 20:23:46

that sounds ok though no xray?

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 17-Jul-08 20:26:56

she didn't touch the tooth.

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 17-Jul-08 20:27:11

SEA you a dentist?

southeastastra Thu 17-Jul-08 20:28:19

god no, just had alot of tooth trouble

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 17-Jul-08 20:29:35

So do you reckon I should get a 2nd opinion?

HereComeTheGirls Thu 17-Jul-08 20:32:16

Well, I would assume she would have taken an X-ray if she needed to, and probably with her years of experience and training she could perhaps tell what the problem was by looking at it...if she could see that the pulp/nerve was inflamed irreversibly then she would know that the tooth could not be saved and your options were root canal or extraction.

I am not a dentist but I do work in a dental surgery!!

HereComeTheGirls Thu 17-Jul-08 20:33:47

(in a non dental role!!)

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