As a pensioner, I've never been able to afford much dental treatment. I've always done my best and still have my own teeth minus 2 which were extracted at an early age.
I don't eat sugar or sweet stuff and brush regularly and use mouthwash.
My only problem is that last year I thought they needed a clean up, a scale and polish if you like. I had no other problems.
What happened on that visit scared the ***** out of me !
Now bear in mind I said I had no problems, but the dentist said I would have to go to the local hospital, have a general anaesthetic and have 'several' teeth extracted !!! well after they picked me up off the floor I asked why, and he said that because of 'my age' it would be better to do it now rather than later - !!!
I asked him how many teeth were affected and would have to be removed and he said he didn't know, in spite of the fact that he had done an exray.
'So' I said 'you want me to go to the hospital, have an anaesthetic, then when I come round I may not have a tooth in my head ?'
'yes' he said
I was out of that place quicker than a rat up a drainpipe !! and never went back in spite of being sent three reminders - was he having a 'larf ??
This scared me and I haven't been to a dentist since.
Are you still with me ... ?
Sooooo, last night, I felt a 'slight' ache in one of my teeth, not enough to make me too concerned, I took a couple of Ibuprofen and
Now when I went into the bathroom this morning and looked into the mirror I nearly collapsed with shock ! I had a H U G E swelling on the side of my face covering my jaw, extending into my neck and up towards my eye and ear - I can't tell you how horrified was.
After I'd stopped shaking, I realised 'something' had happened in the night and had to be dealt with immediately. Long story short, after trying to get in to several emergency dental surgeries, I phoned 111 in desperation. 111 is the new number in UK that you phone if you think your problem isn't bad enough to warrant a paramedic or an ambulance. I've never phoned it before and felt rather guilty. I'm one of those people who only go to the doctors about once in 5 years - sometimes not as often as that !
Anyway after taking details they decided I had to be seen immediately especially as I had the feeling that my throat was 'closing up'.
At the emergency dental centre, I was diagnosed with 'severe infection in the lower gums' and given yet more anti-biotics, the third lot this month !
I'm at home now recovering from the shock, the pain has increased, I've been told I can take paracetomol (sp) but the good thing to come out of all this is that when I recounted my story of my other visit to a dentist and the threat of having all my teeth pulled, he was as horrified as I was and said that should never have happened and thank goodness I didn't take that advice as apart from the current problem, which is in the gums not the teeth, my teeth were in very good condition and there is nothing that a little work can't put right. A clean up, a couple of fillings and possibly a crown.
The dentist this morning completely reassured me and when my other head has disappeared I will go ahead and start treatment. (or perhaps I may keep it - they say two heads are better than one don't they?)
I'm disgusted at what happened to me but am thankful I thought it through for myself and declined the offer to become 'toothless'.
If anything like this happens to you, always, always check it out and think it out for yourself. I 'knew' my teeth were good and strong and anyway I've been told that even if they were loose as sometimes happens with age, there is no need to extract them as something can be done.
In the meantime, if you see someone out with what looks like two heads - it will be me !!