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.
What Help Is Available for Difficulties with Impressions?
I spoke to your receptionist who suggested I email you. I broke a tooth last April when I was abroad and the dentist put a temporary cover on it. She said I would need a crown. I moved recently and even though I am signed up with an NHS dentist, I have not yet had any work done by him. I have chronic catarrh and feel like I am choking all the time when I lean back. Plus I absolutely hate the thing that is put in the mouth to take an impression and my last dentist, who I was with for 25 years, said some dentists put one in the top and bottom at the same time. In the meantime, the temporary filling has come off again and I must get this sorted and even though I am not privately insured, I was wondering if you were able to help reassure me about these difficulties and whether you would be prepared to do a one-off job.
A. I'm sorry you are having difficulties. I would have to assess you before I could commit to...
What Pain Relief Is Available During a Teeth Cleaning Session?
I'm getting my teeth scaled and polished when I go in for my daily check up. The problem is, I hate the pain so much and I don't know what to say to my dentist. What would you recommend I say and is there anything I cam ask for to help with the the pain?
A. The hygienists I work with are able to use local anaesthetic in areas that are sensitive. ...
Can You Die From Gum Disease and Tooth Loss?
Can you die from gum disease and tooth loss?
However, there is now thought to be a link with gum disease and general health.
I Have Swelling and Fever Following Root Canal Treatment. What Should I Do?
Five days before I had treatment, my upper teeth were in a lot of pain and I consulted the doctor. The doctors started a root canel treatment. That night my chin and eye were swelling and I had a fever. On the second day the doctor told me some blood clotted in my chin. So the blood clot was removed. I still have a fever.
There has been a small reduction in the chin swelling but not the eye swelling or fever. What can I do?
A. You need to see someone urgently. Perhaps attend A& E at your local hospital. Jenny. ...
How Can I Find a Dentist Who Helps Nervous Patients?
I am unemployed at the moment and very nervous about seeing a dentist, but I can't smile as I have teeth missing and I have lost confidence. How can I find a patient dentist that would take me on as a patient?
A. I'm sorry to hear this, it must be knocking your confidence.
You can access NHS Dentistry ...
Are There Any Alternatives to Having a Filling with Diazepam?
I've been told I have to get a filling next week. I've also been told I don't actually have any cavities - just a very deep molar, there's some black lines in the fissures.
I am beyond terrified. I've always feared a filling. I can't sleep, and I keep having panic attacks.
I've been prescribed 10mg of Diazepam but I was wondering, do you think there is any alternative?
A. If you have no experience of having a filling then you are afraid of something you have no...
What Should I Do About My Broken and Missing Teeth?
I have got really bad teeth. Some have broken, some are missing and the rest are moving. Please help, I'm so embarrassed by this.
A. Well done for looking for help. The next step is to find a dentist and get them to assess ...