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My experience at the school of dentistry as an emergency patient

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candy-eater

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A few days ago, I suffered from a toothache. Sleeping with this toothache was almost impossible, thus I decided to go to school of dentistry as an emergency patient although I was scared.

I came in at 1:30 p.m. and there were 8 other people already in the waiting room. I waited almost 2 hours to be called. It was so long!!!

It was my first time here. The clinic is pretty old. There are several open cubicles with patients in each one so there is not much privacy.

I was led into a cubicle and I was greeted by 2 dentist students. They examined the problem area in my mouth and took x-rays. My toothache came from a cavity between my 1st and my 2nd lower molars on the right side. One of the students went away to consult with a professor about my case. During this time, the other student made small talk with me. She was a 4th year dentist student and was in charge to help the other student who was more experienced (she mainly held the suction tube in my mouth during the procedure). After about a quarter of an hour, the other student came back. She applied a cold cotton pellet to my tooth on the advice of the professor. It gave me horrible pain. Then, she numbed me and next removed the decay from my tooth. This dentist student was not really friendly. She kept asking me to open my mouth wider and stay still. Fortunately, the other student tried to make me more comfortable and she put her hand on my shoulder when she saw me grimacing because I was feeling pain during the drill (the other dentist student finally decided to give me another shot of anesthesia). In the end, the "unfriendly dentist student" put a temporary filling in my tooth and told me I had to go back to my regular dentist to have it filled in permanently. When I looked in the mirror after my trip to the dental school, I was shocked by the size of the filling (my poor molar must have been badly decayed).

Now, I have to motivate myself to return to the dentist to fix this tooth.
 
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Hi @candy-eater, sorry to hear about the unfriendly dentist student... but well done for getting up the courage to get it seen to... do you have a dentist in mind that you can go to to fix this tooth? Hope the temporary filling is holding up ok and that you're no longer in too much pain!
 
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candy-eater

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No, I don't have any regular dentist in mind. I don't want to go back to the last dentist I seen. My tooth is again a bit painful but nothing compared to the pain before going to the dentist. The tempory filling is holding up ok, it is very big 🙁
 
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