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broke bit of my tooth this morning

(51 Posts)
pinkkoala Mon 20-Jul-09 13:53:08

has anybody else done this.

did you get any pain, did you go to dentist even if you are petrified of the dentist.

it was abit of my wisdom tooth that i broke off.

meep Mon 20-Jul-09 14:02:23

I did this on Friday! THought it was a very hard bit of my granary toast grin but then realised my tooth had cracked. I had had bad sensitivity for a while and dentist told me I had a crack but to leave it unless it got worse.

Once the bit fell off the sensitivity wasn't so bad, but I went to the dentist anyway. He put a temporary covering on it (it didn't hurt - only a slight twinge) and I am going back to discuss crowns etc.

You shoudl really go and get it seen to - it is never as bad a you think (am not too keen on dentists myself!)

pinkkoala Mon 20-Jul-09 14:17:24

did you have to have any needles as i am terrifeid of the dentist cos of needles etc.

at the moment i have no pain, not sure i am still registered with dentist as haven't been for 4 yrs, too scared.

fruitstick Mon 20-Jul-09 14:20:39

This happened to me but the tooth was already root filled so no pain.

It needs a crown and I imagine the pain will get worse if the nerve gets exposed.

My sister is a dental nurse specialising in nervous patients. Do you have an NHS dentist. Does your practice have counselling nurses, If not, your local health centre might.

meep Mon 20-Jul-09 14:22:28

no needles for the patch up job

MovingOutOfBlighty Mon 20-Jul-09 14:24:28

Go and see a dentist.

pinkkoala Mon 20-Jul-09 14:24:41

i was at a dentist aprrox 4 yrs ago, but haven't been back since so not sure if registered, i wouldn't know about counselling nurses, not sure how that works.
I am the most petrified patient ever i think, the thought of having to go brings me in a sweat and clammy hands, probably too much info.

what happens with a crown, do they use needles.

MovingOutOfBlighty Mon 20-Jul-09 14:25:29

I don't mean that faecetiously, but really, without someone looking at it it is hard to give an answer. There might be decay in it, so you will need a needle, it might be a patch up job, but just don't leave it.

HolyScrotum Mon 20-Jul-09 14:28:31


this happened to me a month or so ago, I ignored and then ended up in so much pain I wanted to scratch my own eyes out.

Just had root canal - and now have Black Death wink. If I had just gone when it happened I may just have needed a filling.

pinkkoala Mon 20-Jul-09 14:47:20

how long do you stay registered if you haven't been to dentist for a while.

pinkkoala Tue 21-Jul-09 11:43:51

i have made an appointment but can't get in for another month, as its a wisdom tooth is it more likely they will take it out or fill or crown it.

any ideas.

i have pre warned the dentist that i am extremely nervous, hence not gone for 4 yrs.

i am wooried about it getting worse so thats why i am going now.

any ideas on what he may do or how to cope with nerves.

WorldofSab Tue 21-Jul-09 17:44:56

I get sedated every time i need treatment blush - and I mean for everything - fillings and scale and polish included

It's drastic, but it's the only way I would ever have anything done - one injection into your arm and you know nowt else till you wake up with your knickers on backwards wink

Heartily recommend it x

pinkkoala Thu 23-Jul-09 07:19:41

that does sound drastic.
does the dentist sedate you, not sure about the knickers bit though.

i can get a check and a scale and polish ok, its the thought of having fillings and any other treatment that sends me into a panic.

i've not been sleeping, been tearful and have told my husband to ring and see if he can get me in sooner as i can't wait a month, my nerves won't stand it,

i have never had any fillings only checks and scale and polish, now i am terrified.

i was talking to my husband about it last night and the thought of even going broke me out in sweaty hands, clammy, nervous tummy it was only then that he beleived how bad i actually was, he has had fillings and several teeth out when he was younger.

i've been told i have to have them x-rayed as well, that is making me bad with worry as well.

has anybody got any ideas on how to overcome the fear or relaxation techniques.

please help, my husband could get me in today.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 07:28:38

wisdom teeth aren't usually crowned.

All i can say is, I work as a dragon dental receptionist and I constantly have people telling me that they didn't feel a thing, that injections/fillings are nothing like they used to be and they would have come years ago if they had known it was so painless. Honestly.


fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 07:29:49

and X rays are completely painless, you just hold the sensor (like a flat piece of plastic) between your teeth for a few seconds and they press a button!

pinkkoala Thu 23-Jul-09 07:39:47

now you have me more worried, do they fill wisdom teeth then, or worse.

i've heard that x-rays make you sick as the bit of plastic goes right to the back of your mouth and makes you gag.

how do dentists deal with people like me who are extremely nervous.

is having wisdom teeth out as bad as everybody says.

please advise fanjo.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 07:45:34

I am not sure what they will do. A filling would not be worse than a crown though.

I'm afraid I am not a dentist so cannot really advise on any of this very well.

I don't come across a lot of people being sick with Xrays so please don't worry about them too much.

And the individual dentist will have ways of managing nervous people. You can also be sedated although this is quite expensive.

I don't even think you should think about "how bad" having wisdom teeth out is at the moment as it might not even come to that, might even just be that they pop a bit of filling on the cracked bit of tooth! And it is different for everyone.

I cannot say as I am not a dentist though, sorry.

All i can say is I am sure it will be nowhere near as bad as you are expecting, in my experience, which is only of seeing relieved patients come out.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 07:47:32

i actually have a LOT of people telling me that a scale and polish is worse than a filling..honestly smile So you have done well to go for those!

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 07:53:58

and keep uppermost in your mind that most likely scenario is , as meep said, that they stick a bit of filling on the cracked bit and you dont even need an injection, focus on that and not thoughts of needing the tooth out! smile

pinkkoala Thu 23-Jul-09 08:03:40

i think it may need a lot of filling as the hole feels quite big to me and has split away down tto the gum.

at the moment i have no pain and can brush the tooth and rinse it out with mouth wash and it doesn't feel sensitive on the outside.

i don't fancy being sedated though.

my husband says if i can have our daughter without even gas and air then this is relatively easy. i hate needles as well by the way. i had alot of stitches when i had dd, and i could feel the midwife stitching when i asked for more pain releif she said she couldn't give me any more local. since then i have been absolutely terrifed of even going to the dentist or hospital.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 08:07:04

No pain is a good sign.

Just go and have a chat with them and see what they say smile Please don't start imagining all the worst scenarios.

I can understand that it will be hard after what you have been through though.

Just go and see what they say, they will be very sympathetic I am sure and discuss everything with you fully.

pinkkoala Thu 23-Jul-09 10:33:47

i have tried to get to the dentist, i had appointment booked for 17th aug, but because of my fear i have asked to change, so now the 5th aug, but i did draw the line at the receptionist saying to me that i could be there an hour or more, when i asked why she said that the one i am booked in with will only start the day before after graduating from uni. i am sure they are fine but due to my fear i asked for someone who has been there a while, which they have done for me.

they told me a broken tooth isn't an emergency unless in pain, then they would get me in straight away, she also said some people leave broken teeth for months before getting them fixed.

they have put on my records that i am extremely phobic, my husband explained to them when he rang again this morning so they are aware.

how can i teel the dentist my fears, like i don't like laying so far back and feel i am going to choke and get very panicky, also the fear of the treatment and needles.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 12:09:41

I'm sure the receptionist will have told the dentist of your fears, if she is any good, so they will be prepared to be gentle with you. I am glad you have taken the first step.

They see lots of nervous/dental phobic patients every day, so please don't be embarrassed about ttelling them any fears while you are in there, it will not be an unusual occurrence.

pinkkoala Thu 23-Jul-09 13:23:14

i used to go to the dentist but haven't been for 4yrs, i still found it terrifying even going regular.

the receptionist has said its on my notes that i am terrified and that the dentists are used to it and have probably seen worse than me, but i still feel embarrassed.

as you are a receptonist do you have sympathy or do you think that it is amusing and lightens up your day that you see scared patients.

is it better to go on my own or take my husband for support, he is willing to come and hold my hand. i normally see a male dentist but have got a female this time, are they as understanding, because people have told me all their horror stories.

sorry to go on but you probably see it everyday, if there are any dentist on mumsnet their opinions are appreciated.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Thu 23-Jul-09 13:28:43

It's a bit harsh to think it would lighten up my day to see scared people.. I know we receptionists get a bad press but some of us are actually human beings you know wink

Why would it lighten up my day to see someone scared, it lightens it up when they come out happy and relieved!

YOu should take your husband, he can also then speak for you if you are in the chair and can't.

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