I've been going to the dentist all my life (on and off), had a bad experience when I was pregnant with my first daughter I had a filling that went wrong and the side of my face swelled up and had to have a bad extraction with a new dentist that scared me to death, I never went back again.
A few years later I went to another dentist regularly and everything seemed ok.
For the past 5 yrs though I have been suffering from depression and anxiety so a visit to the dentist was that last thing on my mind I'd avoid it at all costs.
I eventually plucked up the courage to see a dentist again last yr and he referred me to a clinic get sedated on the 20th nov because of my anxiety to have an extraction that was hard and ended up having stitches and 9 fillings, it cost me £745 to have this work done, I thought it was a lot to pay but it would sort out my teeth and we could go on from there. On the 7th Dec, I had to go back to the clinic because of the pain I was having from the extraction and stitches, he took the stitches out and cleaned it with this solution before packing it with something ad sending me on my way, I didnít feel any connection with this dentist, I remember just before I was sedated he was lecturing me on my teeth and saying if I'd looked after them better then I would not have to resort to this, I knew that, I didnít need to hear it.I felt like I'd been butchered when I got home, fillings were rough, like they were just grouted without wiping it off (does that make sense)
My own dentist is fabulous and I trust him completely, 2 weeks down the line I went back to see him and he wasnít happy with the work the sedation clinic had done, there were some fillings not done, other fillings were ready to come out, I was very upset, so he called the clinic and they said they would re do the work.
To be honest I didnít want the same dentist to do the work so asked if another one could do it, they couldnít guarantee me who would do the work, I spoke to my dentist about my concerns of having the same dentist work on my mouth again and I decided to have my proper dentist make right what was done wrong.
On the 16th dec one of the clinics fillings came out of the back tooth and I went back to see my dentist on the 21st He put in a temp filling in one of the front teeth that the clinic didnít do and planned to make right another filling that the clinic had done wrong and not even "finished it" I think thatís what he said, when they drill it to make it tooth shaped?, he left the one the filling had just come out of he said there was still some there so would be ok till next visit.
Next visit was not until the 10th but during that gap another tooth crumbled away at the side then the filling came out by the 8th Id suffered with terrible pain in this filing-less back tooth I had to visit him again, he said it was down to the pulp no wonder I was in pain so he temp filled it and I waited till the 10th. Well this tooth had already had a filling in the top and the side (which had fell out) I asked him if it would be better to be extracted and he said yes, so while he was waiting for my mouth to numb up he did my bill the extraction cost less than the filling, I donít think that would have been the case if he had done the bill after as it took an hour to get all of that tooth out, it just crumbled inside my gum, there was a lot of drilling and pushing and pulling, and stitches again, my mouth is still sore now I will admit though he didnít hurt me once, just pressure, like I said I have full confidence in him (which is sad because my next appointment is his last day at the surgery, heís leaving, I cannot believe my luck sometimes, the one time I find someone I can trust and feel confident and comfortable with and I lose him ).
Anyway my next appointment is on the 26th as I have said and again tonight another tooth has just crumbled away, one that has fillings in it already, Iím sitting here crying because I think Iím going to be better off having dentures, with them all crumbling Iím going to be left with none soon, already its getting hard to chew stuff, on my bottom right if he has to extract this broken one from tonight I will have 4 teeth left on that side, and they are at the front .
In a way I would be happy to get dentures (is that weird) just to think of no more pain, no more worrying about hearing my teeth crack just from eating a sausage (thatís what happened tonight),no more sensitive teeth just from breathing wont mention about cold things
But the on the other hand thereís the cost, my husband works so I have to pay for my dentistry, admittedly itís a NHS dentist but still we have to pay some,plus all that work I had done in the sedation clinic I dont see any of that money back (might look into this at the citizens advice) then thereís the stigma of dentures too, the things that come into my head are I wouldnít want to be toothless for any amount of time, what if I fall asleep downstairs and my teeth drop like you see on youíve been framed , I donít want my husband seeing me asleep with just gums Iím only 38 I would feel old, I canít afford implants or bridges (not sure on the right words for the right treatments) so I think it would have to be dentures, Iím also worried about actually asking my dentist how I go about getting them, its almost like admitting to myself. I guess Iím going to have to get over these fears.Then I think about the no more pain and it makes me want dentures, can getting used to them and the stigma be any worse than constant dental pain
Iím sorry Iíve rambled on, I hope this is in the right thread too, thank you for reading