Should I change my dental practice?

Right I am a person with the worse luck when it comes to teeth. When I was a child I had 8 out in one day, thank god I was put to sleep though. Well last year half my tooth cracked (molar) and I made a trip to the dentist and he said right I need to drill into the tooth and see if you need a root canal if not I’ll fill it back in. But my previous experience with him doing fillings was painful and it felt worse than before with pieces of the filling sticking out over my tooth scratching my cheek and Tongue. So I asked my mum to ask the receptionist to change my dentist (as I’m under 16)so the receptionist recommended a woman who dealt with patients with phobias. But I couldn’t bring myself to go even though I had a new dentist. Until my cracked tooth got an abcess I was forced to go so I went an was put on a course of antibiotics and was instructed to come back the next week and I thought okay she just wants to check how that tooth is doing. Well when I went there she neglected that tooth and started complaining about my other teeth and decided that I needed two urgent fillings there and then, without asking my mum who was waiting in reception she started drilling her nurse then went to get my mum I’m guessing. The dentist started to have ago at me saying why I had left it so long to go and see her then mid sentence she said "oopsy I drilled to far" I panicked and started crying and she was like its okay we will do a root canal. So I thought okay this should be fine she then ‘numbed’ the area and said right can you feel this *she poked my tooth with something* and I shrieked in pain and she goes well I’ve numbed you so you can’t feel it. She then carried on an put a temporary filling in which cracked off within a day (is that meant to happen) and sent me on my way. The following week my abcess had cone back 10times worse so I went to the doctor to see if they could refer me to hospital, but he gave me antibiotics and made me an emergency appointment at the dentist so I went back to the dentist the minute she saw my face she referred me to hospital, got there and they numbed me properly and removed the infected tooth painfree. Now the dentist has been calling my house and my mum requesting I go in so she can finish my fillings but I no that it will be painful. Im trying to convince my mum to change dental practices as I went to a different one a few years ago and it was painfree!

Whoops, you are your own worst enemy on this one.
Instead of taking the time to build up a good trusting rapport with a nice tolerant dentist you leave it until it is a real emergency and as you have found out real emergencies have the potential for disaster.

You can change your dentist when you want to but you will need to check how it works when you are in the middle of a course of NHS dental treatment. The choice on NHS dentists can be really very limited in some areas and this will affect your choice.

The other option is to get your mother to set up a meeting with the dentist and the practice manager to express your concerns about what happened and why.

Phobic or otherwise it is always where ever you go going to come down to the fact that you poor dental hygiene of currently of your own making. You are at some point going to have to take a deep breath and trust one and let them get on with it and dentist hopping will not help you at all in the long run.
Your current approach will eventually mean having all your teeth out and dentures are not a turn on to the opposite sex at any age yet alone a young person.



  • I would change dental practices as they don’t sound very confident and if you do not feel confident going there then it could just result in having a fear of going and most likely unnecessary pain. If you do end up changing practices though I would recommend that you meet the dentist before hand so you get to just talk to them, to see if you feel comfortable with them. Hope that made sense and hope it helped.References :

  • Ok I see the problem,the thing is,you had 2 dentists,with both you had painful experiences,and thats why you have become negligent about your teeth.You only go to the dentist only when you are in severe pain,and by then the situation with your teeth goes so loong without attention that its pretty bad so that obviously you end up with a lot of pain in the dental office.
    Neglecting the tooth which you obviously had pain in and doing other fillings,and then going "oopsy I drilled to far" is actually in my opinion quite a careless dentist,she clearly has lost your confidence,you should explain to your mom what happened inside the dental office,and how youve lost confidence in the dentist.You can tell your mom that you are willing to have your teeth looked at and the fillings done when you are not in pain,and preferably you’d like to change dental practices,because you were quite happy with the one you went to a couple of years ago.
    What you really need to understand is that you dont just go to the dentist when you are in pain,you need to have your teeth looked at every 6 months,otherwise you have no idea whats going on inside your mouth till its too late.
    Btw when you go to the new dental practice you need to explain to your dentist before hand what has happened to you in previous cases,especially with ending up in the hospital to have your teeth pulled,you dont have to bad mouth the previous dentists,but you have to explain youve lost confidence with them,and thats why your are starting again with him,also dont tell him what the previous dentist said about needing fillings done just first ask him what he thinks about the present state of your teeth,and let see what the new dentist has to say.
    Goodluck,im sure things will be better from here on.References : dentist

  • Whoops, you are your own worst enemy on this one.
    Instead of taking the time to build up a good trusting rapport with a nice tolerant dentist you leave it until it is a real emergency and as you have found out real emergencies have the potential for disaster.

    You can change your dentist when you want to but you will need to check how it works when you are in the middle of a course of NHS dental treatment. The choice on NHS dentists can be really very limited in some areas and this will affect your choice.

    The other option is to get your mother to set up a meeting with the dentist and the practice manager to express your concerns about what happened and why.

    Phobic or otherwise it is always where ever you go going to come down to the fact that you poor dental hygiene of currently of your own making. You are at some point going to have to take a deep breath and trust one and let them get on with it and dentist hopping will not help you at all in the long run.
    Your current approach will eventually mean having all your teeth out and dentures are not a turn on to the opposite sex at any age yet alone a young person.References :


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