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Root pain, worried

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Posted by: bobash  (4 years ago)
Hi

I recently bit into something which gave me some pain and damaged my 2nd to last molar at the top of my mouth. The damage was very small so I decided I would bring this up at my next dental check up which is in September.

Unfortunately last week I started to get considerable cold/hot sensitivity pain. Even cold air would give me incredible pain and after a few days it became so bad I couldn't sleep so I went to see an emergency dentist.

The emergency dentist told me I had decay in the tooth and the pain was root pain. He told me I would probably need to get the tooth extracted or have a root canal but as he was an emergency dentist he doesn't perform such procedures there and then. He then removed the decay and added some temporary dressing filling, ever since my pain and sensitivity has gone completely.

I have tried to make an appointment with my denist for a root canal however I was told I cannot get anything for 5 weeks until which I will be having my checkup anyway. I could go privately here in the UK and have it done sooner but it will cost me a lot of money.

I am so scared the pain will come back and I am starting to feel the temporary filling dressing material wearing away. Is it possible the nerve will stay settled for this time period? I am hoping it won't flare up again since he removed the decay but it is a constant worry for me.
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Dentist
Hi

I recently bit into something which gave me some pain and damaged my 2nd to last molar at the top of my mouth. The damage was very small so I decided I would bring this up at my next dental check up which is in September.

Unfortunately last week I started to get considerable cold/hot sensitivity pain. Even cold air would give me incredible pain and after a few days it became so bad I couldn't sleep so I went to see an emergency dentist.

The emergency dentist told me I had decay in the tooth and the pain was root pain. He told me I would probably need to get the tooth extracted or have a root canal but as he was an emergency dentist he doesn't perform such procedures there and then. He then removed the decay and added some temporary dressing filling, ever since my pain and sensitivity has gone completely.

I have tried to make an appointment with my denist for a root canal however I was told I cannot get anything for 5 weeks until which I will be having my checkup anyway. I could go privately here in the UK and have it done sooner but it will cost me a lot of money.

I am so scared the pain will come back and I am starting to feel the temporary filling dressing material wearing away. Is it possible the nerve will stay settled for this time period? I am hoping it won't flare up again since he removed the decay but it is a constant worry for me.


Of course you need a root canal. So England's horrible NHS dental care makes you wait 5 weeks to have a root canal? Well, could it be that the pay is so lousy that not many dentists want to mess with that treatment? And probably if you have it done at ridiculous NHS fees, nobody will do a decent job on it. I have seen that scenario so many times on my Brit patients.

It is hilarious that a Brit emergency dentist does neither root canals nor extractions. Who can say if the tooth will stay quiet for 5 weeks? Probably not.
A lesson is evident here: If you want something "free" from a socialist government program, you are likely to be severely disappointed. So many Brits I have met lose their teeth because of lousy British government dental care.

Posted 4 years ago
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Dentist
By reading your report, I would say, the main symptom associated with a tooth needing root canal is pain. Others include and are not limited to swelling, feeling hot or fevered on face, sensitivity to hot or cold, pain upon chewing, discharge around the tooth. So there are many signs that may cause someone to think that they may need to have root canal done on a tooth, but the diagnosis and treatment needs to be done by a dentist who can first do the proper testing of the tooth including x-rays and determining if the tooth is a good candidate for a root canal. Good luck.
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