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Help! Broken tooth advice please...

(14 Posts)
Emilycee Sun 09-Feb-14 21:57:33

Hi everyone

I am 32 weeks pregnant. I broke a back tooth today at lunch, it has a big 'silver' filling in it which is still hanging in there. The broken tooth chip is on the inside of the teeth (nearest roof of my mouth)

Has anyone has this happen to them whilst pregnant? I went to the dentist at 20 ish weeks and was told I need a filling which the dentist wouldnt do until the baby is born.

Will they be able to do anything with this? What can they do?! I find going to the dentist quite traumatic as it it :-(

Also I had to go private last time because no NHS dentists round me (Peterborough) were taking on new patients.. so am also worried I am going to have to spend a fortune on a lot of work as I can't use my exemption card... (don't want to leave half filling hanging out too long either)

Argh! Looks like I will be ringing round dentists tomorrow morning to see what options I have.. but in the mean time can anyone advise?

mummytobejuly2014 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:35:18

I broke a big root silver one with the root left half in at 12wks & my nhs dentist just patched it over with a white one til after baby as I will have to get a crown in its place. hope this helps

mummytobejuly2014 Sun 09-Feb-14 22:35:57

make sure you tell them you are preg as soon as your bum hits the seat too!

greentshirt Sun 09-Feb-14 22:45:32

My dentist is private but you can use exemption there. Worth looking for a private dentist that will take you if you are exempt!

Emilycee Mon 10-Feb-14 04:43:11

Thank you for your replies :-).

(Have woken up worried about it!) Ill see how I get on in the morning.x

dats Mon 10-Feb-14 10:38:59

I broke half a big filling a few weeks ago and finally thought I should get it looked at. I made an appt with the dentist (NHS) and told them the prob, also that I was 29 weeks preg. So at least they knew what to expect and had booked me a double appt, so I didn't have to go just for a consultation.

Anyway, went last week and he said no problem with fixing the filling, but he needed to do a bit of drilling and I couldn't have any pain relief, because it crossed the placenta. I could have chosen to wait, but I've had a bad experience in the past where I ended up on antibiotics for an abscess, following a broken filling and it was the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced. So I decided to man-up and go for it and it was ok. Not enjoyable but ok. Good luck, op!

Mrsmorton Mon 10-Feb-14 17:50:27

If your dentist says you can't have anaesthetic while you are pregnant, the first thing you need to do is check that they are qualified because that is the biggest load of bollocks I've heard for some time.

You can have anaesthetic trufact. You can.

I'm confused as to how you can see a dentist privately with an exemption card! there are a few dentists who've managed to hold on to "exempt only" NHS contracts where they will see patients who don't pay but not ones who do and then do the rest of work work privately but a truly private dentist will not care if you've got an exemption or not.

lucyfluff Mon 10-Feb-14 18:04:00

I lost a quarter of a tooth in my last chewing gum hmm anyway I had a mould taken of the 'missing bit' and in the meantime a temporary filling was put it. No drilling etc needed. It popped out several times but when the new mould had come in they glued it in without needing to use anything.

All free on the NHS and saved me over £200!!!

ClearlyMoo Mon 10-Feb-14 23:05:31

I've been seeing a private dentist for 8 years as I lost faith in my old NHS ones the fourth time they filled the same tooth... I went last week complete with bump at 26 weeks and was charged nothing for a check up. I just gave receptionist exemption card number. It's possible they just threw me a "freebie" as a long standing customer, but I assumed they'd get cash back from NHS! Oops!

Mrsmorton Mon 10-Feb-14 23:27:59

Well, I wouldn't argue! They won't get anything from the NHS though so I hope they were just looking after a valued customer. Did you sign a blue form? You must must sign one of those if they are to get anything from the NHS. If not then it was a freebie grin

greentshirt Tue 11-Feb-14 00:35:56

I sign the form and don't pay, I inly started going there when pregnant so it's definitely not a loyalty thing. They only take nhs patients who are exempt. Everyone else pays private prices, I'm a nervous patient (hadn't been for 10 years before now) and only went because a friend recommended how good they were when she lost a number of teeth in a work related accident and work were footing the bill, they don't take on nhs patients.

Mrsmorton Tue 11-Feb-14 07:35:00

So they are seeing you on the NHS then greentshirt not privately. You have contradicted yourself in that post, you're an NHS patient who is exempt, that's identical to an NHS patient who pays except you don't pay. Wholly private dentists don't need you to sign an NHS form and wouldn't even have said form in the practice.

I'm only trying to be accurate because some people on here will think that you can use your exemption at a private dentists and you absolutely cannot. You are an NHS patient, the form you sign is your agreement that you are being seen under the NHS contract.

greentshirt Tue 11-Feb-14 08:00:02

Yes at a private dentist that only takes you as nhs if you are exempt. That's what I was trying to say in my first post. You don't need to necessarily mess about looking for a dentist who makes a fuss about having nhs spaces

Mrsmorton Tue 11-Feb-14 08:06:16

Almost every dental practice in this country is a private business, many of them subcontract their time to the NHS. If they have no contract for NHS time then you won't be seen on the NHS so it is important to make a fuss about an NHS space if you want to be seen on the NHS.

Fwiw, the NHS are trying to get rid of these exempt only contracts (I thought they had all gone already).

Just to reiterate, unless you are being seen by the community dental services, you will be seeing a private dentist, they may have some funding to treat people on the NHS. This is NHS care and subject to exemptions, this is not private care which is not subject to exemptions.

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