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Over the years from age 7 to 45 years, I've had twice yearly dental check-ups, fillings, some tooth extractions, wisdom teeth out. Regular stuff apart from having a mouthful of fillings as a child by a school dentist when a week previoulsy at a check up with my regular NHS dentist my teeth were fine and a very bad experience of root canal from a private dentist which had to be rectified by a specialist NHS dental surgery.
Unfortunately, when we moved to Cambridge 5 years ago there are no recommended dental surgeries taking on NHS patients near to where we live.
I found one in Cambridge. Attended twice a year for check-ups and one filling re-done. Brushed my teeth twice a day, floss every other day, Corsodyl twice a week.
In 2011 I was hit by a car from behind in broad daylight. I wasn't physically able to visit the dentist for 1 year due to injuries. I was only able to some light brushing twice a day for 6 months while bed-bound and further brushing twice a day for a further 6 months.
Visited my regular dentist. Had a filling re-done.No X-ray. A few weeks later was in pain. Saw another dentist at same surgery during Xmas period (2012). Gave me temporary filling on lower back tooth. Jan 2013 had tooth removed. Cracked and painful but removed (£51.30). Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, Corsodyl every other day.
Then had spinal surgery. Couldn't physically go to dentist. Brushed my teeth twice a day. Three months later resumed dental check ups. June 2013 upper right tooth filling partly came away. Made 4 repeat trips to dentist to have filling re-done as it kept coming out (he kept re-filling very quickly) (£51.30) . By Jan 2014 he finally took time to do it properly and filling stayed in. Went back Feb 2014 for some treatment to same tooth? (£31.43) June 2014 had a clean (£18.80). August 2014 had another check-up and clean (£18.50). Dec 2014, in agony with same tooth. Given antiobiotics by another dentist at same surgery. A week later, same tooth removed (£51.30). Dentist didn't wait for injections to take effect. Had to give me a third in the middle of extraction. I was traumatised by end of it - hands shaking uncontrollably.
Mar 2015 searched for another dentist for check-up. Appt cancelled as dentist unfortunately died (?). April 2015 found another dentist. Had a privately-paid for clean by hygienst at same surgery. Very rough, stopped her as soon as i could. No pain prior to clean. Lower tooth at back aching after left. Cancelled NHS check-up appt.
Found another dentist. Next available appt 1 June 2015 for check-up. Lower tooth at back had tooth decay. Dentist put in a temporary filling with no injection. Not sure how thorough this filling was with no injection (£51.30). Brushing three times a day with prescription toothpaste, flossing once a day, Corsodyl every other day.
In periodically intense pain following treatment. Same tooth at lower back had to be extracted or root canal. Got an emergency appt Friday 12th (£18.50). Gave me 3 injections and couldn't get tooth out. Gave me antiobiotics and referral to another specialist dental surgery.
My face is bruised and swollen on the outside of where the tooth to be extracted is located. I am in absolute agony. I can swallow the tablets, drink water eat small amounts liquidised food (moving jaw is painful). I can't sleep without Neurofen. Additionally, the swelling and tooth are on the same side that I lie down on to ease the back and foot pain.
I'm waiting for a letter. I can't talk properly. I'm in constant pain with no end in sight. I've taken as much responsibility for my teeth as I can.
How is this dental CARE? How can I require so many dental appts with so poor quality treatment in comparatively short space of time.
Something is not right and other than stopping eating completely once I've finished the antibiotics, what can I do?
I've complained to NHS England but not holding my breath.
I'm looking around for private dentist but both wary of treatment and most are too expensive for me anyway.
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