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      Default New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Hi hello etc etc,

      First off, what a cracking website, wish i'd found it sooner!!

      I've been putting off going to see a dentist as like most people i don't like them ( nothing personal if any dentists read this ) but today after finding a wisdom tooth that was missing one of its corners, I've had to go and see one.

      The dentist i've settled on is http://www.mkdentalcare.com/ and having been in today for the preliminary stuff, they seem friendly, nice staff and the patients I saw coming and going all looked happy too.

      So the treatment;

      1. 2 small and 1 large Xray £18 and £15
      2. New patient Examination £25
      3. Remove wisdom tooth. ( multiple roots) £75
      4. Replace 2 fillings and put one new on in. ( all marked as complex) £147
      5. Several ( three) visits to the Hygenist for Dentomycin treatment as well as scale and polish etc. £195

      Cost £475

      I'm fine with 1, 2 and sort of 4 but i'm nervous as heck about 3 and 5. Root planing just sounds like something I did at CDT class with a fairly unsurgical tool! I have smoked although am have since quit, diet hasn't been great, like sugar with everything including with sugar and i'm diabetic - so more prone to gum infections.

      I want to firstly check that the costs don't look exhorbidant .... and secondly how much discomfort i'm likely to feel from 3 and 5. I also don't like how they've specified multiple roots on the treatment form, does this mean they expect to have to go in with fishing nets to trawl my jaw for escaping roots?

      Bearing in mind it's probably 20 years since I last had teeth out and equally long since I had a filling done ( hence why they need replacing) how far have pain management techniques come in that time .... it would be lovely to find out i'm not going to feel anything at all

      Lastly I suppose I could do with the usual bit of reassurance as like most folk, I can think of many places i'd rather be on Monday afternoon than laying back whilst a trained gorilla manhandles one of my stubborn big teeth out

      Cheers,

      Pat.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Hello Pat.
      Can't offer you any advice really, as I'm just on here like you, to ask questions on this brilliant site!
      But I want to wish you loads of luck for Monday.
      Just think how fab you are going to feel when all this work is done and you're recovered and your teeth are dazzling!

      Have you looked at dental insurance?
      If you're in the UK you can get it for around £10 a month for NHS treatment.
      My old dear had two lots of work done, around 9 months apart, that would have cost her nearly £400 on the NHS, but her insurance paid, so she only pays £120 a year, and is covered for all necessary treatment.
      Just a thought! (Though you may prefer private treatment.)
      Best of luck. It will be worth it in the end!!
      Last edited by Poppy1234; 10th September 2010 at 14:50.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Hi Poppy,

      Thanks for the reply

      I'm not fussed about private or NHS, all i want is a good dentist who i can trust to do what needs doing and charge me fairly for it. I always knew a 4 year gap of treatment was going to cost me a bit and technically, it's just cost me less than what paying insurance would have cost so I guess i can't complain too much

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Just out of interest, have you tried Stantonbury Dentists for the NHS view of things ? I don't know whether they're taking NHS patients at the moment (I've been with them for a long time) but there's no harm in asking.

      On the other hand MK Dental Care have been around for a long time as well. Mr. Gilmartin seems to divide opinion depending on who you talk to, but then you could say the same about virtually any dentist.

      Good luck, I hope it goes well for you !

      John

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      I haven't tried Stantonbury no although my first impressions of MK Dentalcare was that it was a small practice with a small team, not overflowing with hi-tech stuff but that sort of suits me as that is what i'm used to. I find it incredibly difficult to relax in the larger 'super efficient' surgeries as I get no feel of personality or warmth from them. I spend enough time dealing with those sort of places courtesy of being T1 diabetic - really not looking forward to Mondays evening meal with a face like a hamster and a mouth full of cotton wool.

      His manner was friendly and everything was clean and tidy - will give them the benefit of the doubt and see how it goes.

      I know a rough dentist from a good dentist so i'll report back after Monday, either way i'm not looking forward to it.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Bit of an update to this.

      I have elected to ask for referral to the Hospital to get this done under proper anaesthetic.

      Some might think that's madness for what is ultimately minor surgery ...

      1. I'm a terminally nervous patient at a new dentist.
      2. No guarantee the tooth will come out in one piece and / or with all the roots attached. Tooth is already damaged, will it stand the force of extraction before it cracks?
      3. Big teeth, small jaw.
      4. Hospitals will do whatever needs doing without me being awake to flinch.
      5. When they're done, all tidied up and given proper pain management.
      6. I'm T1 diabetic, take longer to heal, more prone to infection and need as little trauma as possible to speed recovery. Hospitals have my records and have Diabetic friendly nursing staff.

      I have read so much about how 'GA' doesn't cure the feeling of anxiety, I can say it does, I know i'll wake up when all the noises etc are over. If the tooth came straight out in one piece, grand .. no harm done. If it comes out in 43 different bits followed by bits of roots, no harm done either. Either way I have a sore jaw and some issues with diet for a few days.

      Ultimately it's my call and honestly i'm just not happy about this being done in a Dentists chair whilst I'm concious.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      mkdentist.co.uk @ Oxford house.

      Wow - a complete change in atmosphere and the chap who saw me couldn't have been more reassuring.

      They offer a full referral service for concious sedation although having been 'subjected' to half an hour of inspection i'm actually going to give them the benefit of the doubt and let them do the work. That said, the dentist said that IF referral for sedation was something I was happy to pay for then he'd get ALL the work done whilst i was 'out'. The place they use is called 'The Leagrave', apparently in Luton.

      Utterly impressed and no matter where i end up having the work done, they will be my dentist from now on.

      That is the first time i've left a dentist with a list of work that needs doing and i've almost no apprehension about it!
      Last edited by unclebloodyfester; 21st September 2010 at 15:44.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Went in at 3.30pm .... 3.35pm job done, 3.45pm drove home.

      For anyone who is worrying about this, please don't. If your dentist tells you it will be a simple removal, trust them.

      Ok there a couple of unpleasant noises but NO pain, can't stress that enough, I was awake and fully conscious for this, only local injection.

      1. NO feet or knees on chests.
      2. NO savage pulling.
      3. A little bit of twisting
      4. I didn't have to brace myself against the chair.
      5. There was not loads of blood.

      I'm hoping that's my phobia dealt with at long last.

      Yes there is degree of aching, that's to be expected but it's less sore than the toothache it has replaced and unlike the toothache. this ache will go away as things heal.

      Big thumbs up from me for mkdentist.co.uk / Oxford House.

      I'd already been in for a filling on Friday gone, the Dentist was really good, excellent needle technique.

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Great news which dentist did you see?
      It's the 21st Century.......dentistry can and should be painless but we patients come unstuck because all dentists are not created equal

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      Default Re: New to all this and 4 years out of treatment.

      Dr Harris and you couldn't ask for a nice more patient man. He took his time, explained everything, booked me in for the 'easy' filling first. He's both precise and gentle with the inspection tools, everything builds confidence. The fact that Oxford house were almost 50% cheaper than the first place and said I needed less treatment was the icing on the cake.

      The initial consultancy fee is high, it's 89 pounds including the 3 xrays etc but do I begrudge paying it - absolutely not.

      The overall treatment for 4 fillings and a wisdom tooth removal + the initial fee was 277 pounds, the other place wanted 475 pounds. The extra was for 3 deep cleaning sessions plus root planing and dentomycil which I'm told is just not required. The only reason it looked like it was required was because i'd not brushed properly in years, it's now getting on 3 weeks since my original checkup and it looks and feels like I have new teeth with proper brushing.

      Lesson learnt but more importantly, phobia and fear finally under control.

      If anyone in Milton Keynes is looking for a decent dentist that they can build a good relationship with, I would have absolutely NO problem at all in reccomending him.

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