We know how daunting dental treatment can be. Our Dental Phobia certified experts are here to help ease your mind before treatment by answering your questions.
How Can I Find a New Dentist?
Hi, I'm concerned about my dentist. My last dentist, who was very good, retired last year. Since this has happened the place has gone to the dogs. All the reception staff have been sacked and all the dentists are new and have trouble communicating with patients. My son wasn't happy yesterday when I took him for his appointment. The dentist was not professional and he didn't really do a good examination either. My new dentist is OK, but I have pockets between my teeth, which are painful. She doesn't know what form of treatment to give apart from a clean, which would involve an injection, which would kill me because it is still painful and my tooth is loose. I need advice, I don't know how to find another dentist and I'm worried now about taking my son back and going back myself.
It sounds as if you have lost confidence in this practice. Once that happens it's v...
Can I Have All My Teeth Removed?
Hi. I have diabetes and have bad gum disease and wobbly teeth, so find it hard to eat properly. I'm very scared of dentists and gag and have also been sick the last time I went. I just want my teeth all taken out to stop this pain but have had no luck. Please help.
A. Hello, I can empathise with you as I have diabetes myself.
Unfortunately, this could have ...
Can My Tooth Still Be Crowned if It Has Decay?
I have a tooth that needs a crown but it also has decay at the gumline. Do you think that the tooth can still be crowned?
A. Hello, I can't really answer that without seeing the tooth in question. You need to ask ...
Is Sedation Freely Available?
I have a cracked back tooth and I am in a lot of pain. I also have a HUGE phobia of the needles used and to a lesser part the pain in general, is sedation freely available?
I just need some help and for someone to let me know. Thank you.
A. Needle phobia can be a very real barrier to getting the treatment you need.
IV Sedation is...
Do I Need to Have My Teeth Drilled?
I would like to send a picture. but don't know how. Mine's the worst I've seen on here. I had a broken jaw 15 years ago, will I need drilled teeth? I haven't had it sorted, they've all gone nearly.
A. I see many people with broken down teeth who haven't been able to go to the dentist for ha...
Can Air Abrasion and Waterlase Only be Used for Small Fillings?
Dear Dr Pinder, I am in need of 2 fillings but I am nervous about visiting the dentist to get them done. 5 years ago I fainted whilst having a biopsy taken at my local maxillofacial unit and I worry that it will happen again on my next visit, so I keep putting off my filling appointment.
I have heard about air abrasion and waterlase as potential substitutes to a drill. Am I right in thinking they can only be used for small fillings? Would you recommend these procedures for a nervous patient and are they expensive?
I look forward to hearing from you.
A. If air abrasion is used then its usually only for early decay. However, it can be used wit...
Can You Tell if a Filling is Needed Without an X-Ray?
Dear Dr Pinder,
I have just visited a new dentist today for a checkup. On inspection, he did not take any X-rays, I simply sat on the chair and he used a mirror. After 30 seconds, he said yes you need two fillings on UR 6 and LL 7. However, I have never had any pain from them whatsoever. Is this right? Can a dentist tell if you need fillings just by looking and with no X-rays?
A. I can't comment on whether you need the fillings or not.
However, at the very least, the d...