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