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Any dentists out there - is a 2nd opinion availble with the NHS ?

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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
I have had the same NHS dentist for many years now but recently she left the practice I am registered with and so i have a new dentist.

The new dentist seems fine but some months ago I was told that I need a root filling and then a crown on a lower molar. Again this is not a problem.
At the first visit to start this treatment, the dentist numbed up my gum but I could still feel some discomfort when he started to clean out the tooth. He told me he had hit the nerves. So he made a temporary repair and told me he had put some kind of dressing on the tooth which would kill the nerve in a couple of weeks. I then had to return and he would try again to do the root filling.

At my last visit he had the same problem – I could still feel the nerve once it was exposed. So he dressed the tooth again but said if the problem occurs again he would have no option but to extract the tooth.

However each time he has numbed up my gum with lignocaine, the numbness has always been in my upper cheek area and under my eye, rather than where I would expect it to be for a lower tooth filling – that is in my jaw area and tongue. Not sure if this is an exact science but the numbness just did not feel in the correct place!

So I am due back later on this week and I was wondering if I have the option as an NHS patient to ask for a second opinion / referral to the Birmingham dental hospital. I have had one extraction done in the Birmingham dental hospital because my old dentist could not get the tooth out !

To be honest I am willing to pay the band C price if I can save the tooth and I just wonder if this new dentist is just not administering the lignocaine correctly. I have never had this type of problem before with fillings etc. Or do I have just have to accept his judgement as he is my NHS dentist now. Or is it possible that I just have some kind of anomaly with this tooth that will not allow it to be anesthetized enough to allow a root filling. I have had one other root filling in the past so know what is involved.

Any advice please gratefully received

EliTom
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6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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#1
Even if you get a second opinion they will often side with the first dentist. I was told I needed a tooth pulled as a filling was not possible after a filled tooth cracked. I said I didnt want it pulled. Second dentist said it should be pulled as well. I didnt proceed so first dentist did a temporary filling which is still in place months later with no ill affects.
#2
yeah didnt read any of that.
#3
If you really want to keep your tooth I would go to a good private dentist if you search for the cheapest around.They will give you time and be really thorough if they are experienced with root canal treatment.I had to do this.It worked out £100 more than what I would have paid on the NHS which is alot of money but I have had no problems at all since.I went private as a one off as I didn't want to lose the tooth.
#4
I agreed with both above... I would go private..

about 16 months ago I had tooth infection and had to do root canal treatment and filling and my tooth was broken.. I went to 3 different NHS dentist/practice and all of them told me I had to have it removed. They say there was nothing they could do but remove it. I decided to go private.. BEST decision ever... I had the tooth done.. no pain during and after treatment. Dentist was excellent. 2 visits, first to remove the infection with antibiotic and the second to complete the treatment...

£300 well spent.. no gaps at the back when I smile!! No problems at all since...

Edited By: Otto.uk on Oct 26, 2010 12:20: .
#5
The reason that you can get pain in root canal work is because the environment in the root canal is acidic because of the work of bacteria. Anaesthetic cannot work properly in acidic conditions. Even if you were to get numbed up again during the surgery with the dentist dripping anaesthetic directly into the root cavity you'd still feel pain if it is acidic.

Remember everyone's pain threshold is different, as is everyone's reaction to anaesthetic. Going to another dentist, private or not, will not guarantee a pain-free op.
#6
cannyscot
The reason that you can get pain in root canal work is because the environment in the root canal is acidic because of the work of bacteria. Anaesthetic cannot work properly in acidic conditions. Even if you were to get numbed up again during the surgery with the dentist dripping anaesthetic directly into the root cavity you'd still feel pain if it is acidic.Remember everyone's pain threshold is different, as is everyone's reaction to anaesthetic. Going to another dentist, private or not, will not guarantee a pain-free op.

Really interesting to read that. There have been certain times in the past when I have had tooth pain which has then disapeared when I have started to eat different things. Is it maybe changing the level of acidity in the mouth and neutralising the effect? Spooky!!
banned#7
black gerbil1
yeah didnt read any of that.


me neither. looks well boring.
#8
Hi folks, now i am 100% scared of the dentist, now bearing in mind ive not been in a few years due to inexperienced &incompetent dentists, i finally plucked up the courage to finally go.
When i did the very 1st appt was fab which i trusted to fast to be honest, the next visit i was to be in the chair for nearly 6 hours came out minus 6 teeth crown n filling, felt fine even thou it was a big ordeal.
Anyway due to one of the extractions at the back being large it has left a hole in which is very uncomfortable to say the least, anything i drink will come down my nose like a waterfall, i can not sing properly now due to air going in the hole, three times ive been back he stiched it didnt work i went back last week for what i was hoping for was to get it sorted no iv e to go back the next day bearing in mind i travel miles to get to this practice on a low wage too?
whilst i was in the chair last week i was near my mouth with a hot scapel which did hit my lip, i know ive got this job that needs urgent attention but his incompetence has set me further back woith dentist i would rather leave it now, i mean 7 times in what 2 months is too much.
sorry to bore you all any good advice plz thanks for listening.
#9
iriedreadz
Hi folks, now i am 100% scared of the dentist, now bearing in mind ive not been in a few years due to inexperienced &incompetent dentists, i finally plucked up the courage to finally go.
When i did the very 1st appt was fab which i trusted to fast to be honest, the next visit i was to be in the chair for nearly 6 hours came out minus 6 teeth crown n filling, felt fine even thou it was a big ordeal.
Anyway due to one of the extractions at the back being large it has left a hole in which is very uncomfortable to say the least, anything i drink will come down my nose like a waterfall, i can not sing properly now due to air going in the hole, three times ive been back he stiched it didnt work i went back last week for what i was hoping for was to get it sorted no iv e to go back the next day bearing in mind i travel miles to get to this practice on a low wage too?
whilst i was in the chair last week i was near my mouth with a hot scapel which did hit my lip, i know ive got this job that needs urgent attention but his incompetence has set me further back woith dentist i would rather leave it now, i mean 7 times in what 2 months is too much.
sorry to bore you all any good advice plz thanks for listening.


Sorry to hear that, mate. You need to go back to your dentist and put your faith and trust in them to sort your mouth out.

Please understand that Dentists train for many years, longer than a GP and their purpose is to treat you with compassion and make the visits to the dentist as pain free as possible.

Sometimes the treatment is arduous but do persevere.


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#10
iriedreadz
Hi folks, now i am 100% scared of the dentist, now bearing in mind ive not been in a few years due to inexperienced &incompetent dentists, i finally plucked up the courage to finally go.
When i did the very 1st appt was fab which i trusted to fast to be honest, the next visit i was to be in the chair for nearly 6 hours came out minus 6 teeth crown n filling, felt fine even thou it was a big ordeal.
Anyway due to one of the extractions at the back being large it has left a hole in which is very uncomfortable to say the least, anything i drink will come down my nose like a waterfall, i can not sing properly now due to air going in the hole, three times ive been back he stiched it didnt work i went back last week for what i was hoping for was to get it sorted no iv e to go back the next day bearing in mind i travel miles to get to this practice on a low wage too?
whilst i was in the chair last week i was near my mouth with a hot scapel which did hit my lip, i know ive got this job that needs urgent attention but his incompetence has set me further back woith dentist i would rather leave it now, i mean 7 times in what 2 months is too much.
sorry to bore you all any good advice plz thanks for listening.

When you drink it comes out of your nose? oO

Sorry, I can't follow most of your post. But perhaps you need to wait a bit longer for it to heal? When I had a wisdom tooth out it took a couple of years to heal over completely. Had terrible headaches till it did too.
#11
iriedreadz
Hi folks, now i am 100% scared of the dentist, now bearing in mind ive not been in a few years due to inexperienced &incompetent dentists, i finally plucked up the courage to finally go.
When i did the very 1st appt was fab which i trusted to fast to be honest, the next visit i was to be in the chair for nearly 6 hours came out minus 6 teeth crown n filling, felt fine even thou it was a big ordeal.
Anyway due to one of the extractions at the back being large it has left a hole in which is very uncomfortable to say the least, anything i drink will come down my nose like a waterfall, i can not sing properly now due to air going in the hole, three times ive been back he stiched it didnt work i went back last week for what i was hoping for was to get it sorted no iv e to go back the next day bearing in mind i travel miles to get to this practice on a low wage too?
whilst i was in the chair last week i was near my mouth with a hot scapel which did hit my lip, i know ive got this job that needs urgent attention but his incompetence has set me further back woith dentist i would rather leave it now, i mean 7 times in what 2 months is too much.
sorry to bore you all any good advice plz thanks for listening.
You bored me having to read 4 year old comments before I got to your post

By then, it was a case of tl;Dr ;)

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