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I’m visiting the dentist for the first time in 10 years and I am petrified! Do you have any advice for me?

My mum has booked me a dental appointment, first one in 10 years after being butchered in the past. I have been suffering alot over recent years, with 5 broken teeth with rough jagged edges and having had linked abcesses with all broken teeth, but I am still very frightened, although the pain in unbearable and eating impossible, what sort of thing can i expect from my intial appointment and check up? Will they have to do, Im too scared of pain and blood and having no teeth.

Its probably very frightening for you to think about this .
At the first visit , the dentist will have a look at you , and possibly take some X rays .
They should ask you about your medical history .
Its important that you let the dentist know that you have a deep fear that has prevented you going for years .
You cant get rid of these problems without help . and the dentist should discuss with you what can be done .
It may be that some of the teeth cant be saved after all this time , so you need to prepare yourself for that as part of the plan .
There are things that can be done to replace them once your general dental health is sorted out .
There are options for sedation and anxiety management and you should ask about what the dentist can provide . Take your mum in with you if that would help .
Hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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