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Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Aromulus, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    Flippin' heck it hurts.......

    Dentist tried to save the offending thing but to no avail.....
    Filling fallen out a couple of times, more bits with them..

    So as soon as the antibiotics stop the infection, it is in for the chop.
  2. oss

    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    With you there Dom, I can feel your pain, I had a filing on a rear upper molar collapse a couple of months back, the tooth was worked on 20 years ago and has lasted incredibly well, but it is the anchor tooth for my plate and therefore very important, I only have two false teeth on the plate at the front but the chrome plate has been wonderful over the years.

    I didn't have a dentist down here so didn't immediately go to see one and an abscess developed on it, went and got registered, amazingly NHS registered, with a local practice and after the antibiotics stabilised it I was referred to a private specialist who inspected it.

    The NHS guy said molar root canal would have 50/50 chance of success on the NHS but 90% chance if done privately, the specialist showed me in detail what was going on and it turns out that the collapsed filing tooth is not infected but the one next to it which had a root canal done 20 years back has a small problem right at the base of the root, so I need two done.

    He was most impressed with my chrome prosthetic fine piece of work he said but he's convinced that the tooth can be saved and rebuilt with good chance of success, so I have been off the antibiotics for about 5 weeks but have an appointment for early September for the first root canal, five hundred and fifty quid :( for one root canal and that does not include the crown or new denture, those will get done on NHS band 3 after the tooth has been prepared.

    The other one won't need a crown as the tooth is intact it just needs the base of the root canal fixed and apparently these private specialist have microscopes fancy irrigation equipment and the likes that improve their success rate, this guy teaches restorative dentistry as well, quite young but then again everyone is starting to look young these days, but I had a lot of respect for the honest and detailed technical explanation that he gave me, I wish dentists had been like that 30-40 years ago.
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  3. Dave_E

    Dave_E Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Many years ago I had a molar filling done by an NHS dentist in Leeds, I had only been to that dentist a couple of times before and within a few weeks the amalgum filling started to crumble and fall to pieces.

    I saw a private dentist in Luxembourg as I was working there at the time. After half an hour drilling away the tooth he told me he needed to take a break. He said I should never ever go back to the Leeds dentist again, it was the worst dental work he had ever seen, the Leeds dentist had seemingly not even cleaned out the tooth cavity before putting the filling in.

    I now use a private dental hospital in Bangkok, my teeth look a hell of a lot better, I trust the dentists, and it is a good excuse to visit Bangkok every six months. :D
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  4. oss

    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    Fair point, I never looked after my teeth but after the recent appraisal by the NHS guy I went to see where it turned out that I don't really need anything apart from the emergency treatment for this molar filling.

    That original filling, when the lassie made it 20 years ago, was 90% of the tooth it is almost all filling, she went in so far in that I thought I had been given a root canal but turned out that was never done.

    The chap that looked at it recently had nothing but admiration for her work he could see the seams and showed me the x-ray, there was some pretty delicate work shaping the original filing close to the gum line and for it to last so long was impressive.

    As I said I never looked after my teeth, but I must have done something right for the last twenty years :) the new NHS guy that I am seeing thinks that they can do a lot to undo a lot of the wear, at my age if I get another 10 or 12 years out of what teeth I have left I will be very happy.

    Maybe one day I will get real implants in the Phils, although even there real implants are quite expensive about 50% of the price here, so in the region of £1000 to £1500 per tooth I am guessing.
  5. graham59

    graham59 Banned

    These days I take good care of what I have. :like:

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  6. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    The antibiotics aren't really working at the moment.......

    My face has balloned........
    An improvement some people may say...........
  7. aposhark

    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Hope you improve soon, Dom.
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  8. DavidAlma

    DavidAlma Well-Known Member

    Never had a filling or any dental work in my life. Visited a dentist in Dubai couple of years ago for a clean and polish, she was amazed that I didn't need any work doing. Cant be genetic, both my parents have full dentures.
  9. bigmac

    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    ive got 2 crowns--front teeth knocked back when i was punched in the mouth at 14. luckily i was drunk at the time so didnt really feel it. they have been replaced a few times over the years. all the rest are my own--with a few fillings.

    i have a NHS dentist--a Polish guy--best dentist ive ever had.
  10. oss

    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    It can take 2 days to see any affect from the antibiotics they should have put you on two, Amoxycillin and Metronidazole, the second one is an absolute no alcohol antibiotic as the side effects of mixing are quite unpleasant, one of the rare times you can't mix drink with antibiotics.

    And make sure you finish the course, even if it seems to fix it in about 4 days you need to complete the 7 day course.
  11. OTT

    OTT Active Member

    I sympathise with anyone with toothache , that and earache are the worst for me .

    Whenever I have needed antibiotics , I always ask now for the strongest ones , as I've had some before that didn't work even after a one week course. Amoxycillin seems to work best for me .

    Saying that , even the strongest ones can take a full week before any benefit is felt .
    Hope it feels better soon .
  12. bigmac

    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    i was diagnosed with COPD. had a perssistent cough for over a year and i wheezed like an old boiler. when it got severe i went on steroids ( prednisolone ) and amoxicilin. then i developed an allergy to the antibiotic ( sore swollen tongue and throat . my COPD was getting worse. on 2 types of inhalers.

    then--3 weeks back i saw the nurse practitioner at my medical center. she prescribed the steroids again--and a different antibiotic ( forgot the name ), but i also wanted to try Fostair ( inhaler ) as a friend recommended it. but i had to consult my doc for that. i got an appointment the following week.

    however by the day of the appt---i was clear. doc sounded my chest--and was amazed--no wheezes--no coughing. he still agreed to Fostair--to see how i got on....but i havent even opened the box. so now i'm on no meds at all..and feel better than i have in years.
  13. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    That is the stuff..........

    I have to admit that my face at the moment doesn't hurt as much, but I don't know exactly if it is down to the antibiotic finally starting to work, or the extra strong Panadols I have been feeding on....
    The swelling still persists, tho...
  14. bigmac

    bigmac Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    rub some sensodyne on your finger into the tooth and gum--and dont rinse it out
  15. oss

    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    Not so sure about that Malcolm, toothpastes sometimes have sugar and other sweeteners which could do more harm.

    A tooth in this state has got a connection from the outside world (the mouth) all the way down to below the gum, the infection builds up and causes the side of the face to swell and can swell so much that it becomes a threat to the eye socket, it can take 5 days of the 7 day course to see the swelling start to come down enough, it will still remain tender.

    My NHS Dentist told me that if the antibiotic didn't work quick enough I should make a point of visiting a specific hospital A&E that had a Maxillofacial irrigation facility, don't look up that word the images associated with it are distressing.

    Dom, depending on how far you are into the course of antibiotics if it isn't going down after 4 or 5 days call your dentist and explain to them, as abscesses can be quite dangerous, this was the first one in twenty years for me but I was no stranger to abscesses in earlier years.
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  16. Jim

    Jim Well-Known Member Trusted Member

    Rub whisky on it and if that doesn't work just drink the whisky.
  17. Aromulus

    Aromulus The Don Staff Member

    Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel....

    Couple of pills left, but it is better, much, much better.
    Thank you all, and especially Oss.

    got some of that ozzie wine for yah...
  18. graham59

    graham59 Banned

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