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I have all my dental work done by a NHS dentist and get free treatment because I am a poor starving O.A.P.  At my last checkup I told my dentist about a problem with one of my teeth.  After further examination and some x-rays, I was informed that I needed a root canal.  This procedure is where the dentist removes the root from the tooth but leaves the now rootless tooth in the jaw.

However my dentist informed me that he could not do the root canal work because it was too complicated, and I would have to be referred to a specialist in root canal treatment, an Endodontist.  If I had it done on the NHS I would have to wait about nine months and travel to another city for the procedure.

A dentists chair This wasn't acceptable so I elected to have it done privately,rather than wait for that length of time.  Bear in mind I am a poor starving pensioner, who has to burn books to keep warm, go to bed at 6 pm. in the winter can`t eat or heat house etc.  Codswallop - it's still a lot of money though, and money I could ill afford to throw around.

I was referred to an Endodontist in another town 80 miles away. It appears that there are typically only one Endodontist in any city.  Did it hurt?  No never felt a thing, almost fell asleep during the procedure after taking Diazepam to calm me down.  What did hurt was the cost of the treatment, 660 for about 90 minutes work.

Why is this procedure not available in a decent time frame on the NHS and why do private dentists charge so much?  How can anyone justify a cost of 660 for 90 minutes work?  That's 440 an hour or if you like 17,600 for a 40 hour week - a very nice salary indeed!  I have checked on the Internet and this is a failrly typical charge for root canal work on a rear tooth. Absolute rip-off!

By: Alice


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Cut 'em down to size

Cut 'em down to size

All dentists should do 7 years community service in the NHS to pay for their education before being allowed to go private.
Cut 'em down to size
25th Apr 14 21:43

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collar

collar

agreed Boblet. I had a friend worked as a dental assistant and they dont put the extras on the bills 99% of which custormers don't disbelieve it. I always offer to read the bill for my friends and I always allow friends time to look too. Its the dentists that are trying to hurry the patients/customers in front up most of the time and if you have a problem with dentist just tell a doctor. But I think if some patients were nicer and smiled and paid their bills on time like decent folks less and less dentists would be overcharging or spiteful.
collar
12th Apr 14 13:59

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boblet

boblet

I forgot to mention false teeth. They are part of the same con trick. Dentists have kidded the public with for years with this one. Let us be clear. You do not need a licence to make false teeth. The dentist takes an impression of your mouth (Anyone could do that to) he/she then pass's that impression on to a laboratory. I thought a laboratory was something to do with science? These labs import plastic teeth from China, then bake them onto a plastic casting.
boblet
12th Apr 14 12:10

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boblet

boblet

In any trade where you need a licence to operate there is a tendency for the operator to milk that trade. Some cobblers would do the same if you needed a licence to cobble shoes, they would come up with some mythical dreaded toe problem that would be caused if an unlicensed repair was carried out. Root Canal is just another Americanism. All you do is dig out the tooth nerve, leaving a cavity & resulting pain free tooth. which you fill it in with a synthetic substance, simple. Root Canal my @rse. Any engineer or car body repairer could do it given that magic licence to extort.
boblet
12th Apr 14 11:26

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Greed

Greed

Dentists all over the country have abandoned their social cause, and entered the Gold Rush of Cosmetic Surgery. Only the rich today can now afford to use them.

This is exactly the moral case as put forward by Cronin in his novel The Citadel.
Greed
12th Apr 14 10:58

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

FuP, it was a long time, but definitely worth it. I had to have my wisdom teeth removed years ago so I was getting a bit short of chewing equipment! I really didn't want to have a false tooth with a plate either.

Having the impressions done was uncomfortable; my mouth was cranked open and all these weird tasting soft plastics in holders shoved in and held in place till they set!

Anyway, glad to help.
grumpyoldwoman
12th Apr 14 10:08

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On The Extraction Of Wealth

On The Extraction Of Wealth

It all reminds me of the famous old medieval proverb: the physician says "Collect the money while the patients suffers."
On The Extraction Of Wealth
12th Apr 14 09:52

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Fed up Pedestrian

Fed up Pedestrian

GOW

Thanks for that. I can get the factual stuff on a website but personal experience counts for a lot. It does not sound too bad then, except that it's quite a jaw achingly long time in the chair. Worth it though to have something that looks and feels real and should last a lifetime. I detest the thought of false teeth with a plate.

Thanks.
Fed up Pedestrian
11th Apr 14 22:00

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Always spot the typos too late! Blah, blah, blah.
grumpyoldwoman
11th Apr 14 19:02

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

p.s. I can't remember how long it took, an hour or 2 for the actual surgery I think, but I could probably have driven home as I felt ok, at least until the side of my face came back! Mt tongue was completely numb too, weird feeling!
grumpyoldwoman
11th Apr 14 19:02

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

FuP, when you can afford it, go for it!

It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. After a consultation (lots of x-rays and impressions) I went in on a Saturday morning so the gom could drive me home. The dentist explained it all and gave me the anaesthetic injections. He had 2 nurses in attendance and they all looked after me very well. After cutting the gum he started drilling, and it honestly felt like he was drilling a tooth; just that feeling of pressure.

He put in the implant with temporary stopper (with an Allen key hole in the top) and screwed it in. That had to stay there for about 3 months while the implant and the bone grew together, then the stopper came out, a peg for the crown was screwed in and the crown fitted. It's just like a real tooth.

Sometimes the gum has to be stitched over the implant to allow it to integrate, but mine went in well and as I don't smoke that part could be left out.

There was some pain after the injections wore off, but no worse than moderate toothache, and I was able to take painkillers. I had to be careful what I ate for a few days; soup, mashed potato and scrambled egg were on the menu!
grumpyoldwoman
11th Apr 14 18:56

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Fact

Fact

Teeth are not made of bone, but rather of multiple tissues.
Fact
11th Apr 14 18:03

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Fed up Pedestrian

Fed up Pedestrian

GOW

You have my sympathy regarding the dental work but I am also curious regarding what the work was like. Aftert thinking my teeth were going to last me for life, I lost a tooth last year and, as I can't afford an implant at the moment, I had a bridge made. Bridges don't last forever and I will probably have an implant evenutally.

If you don't mind my asking what was the work like? Did it take a long time and was there much pain after? I am a bit of a coward regading the dentist.

I agree with you regarding the pointless offensiveness of some of the posters. Like many others I rarely bother to post lately. That is, of course, what trolls are about - making a site not worth the bother to use. Admin should consider some kind of log in with e-mail but not with Facebook or Twitter.
Fed up Pedestrian
11th Apr 14 13:02

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collar

collar

maybe, maybe not - the dental implant is intricate I agree I think they are on a par with bone surgery, and all the teeth are small bones! Maybe, they have to drill through gum and jaw to get to their destination. Maybe they feel they have achieved something. Maybe they might prefer an apendictomy. The dentist's drill is what it is - a serious piece of kit for dedicated saw-bones.
collar
11th Apr 14 09:53

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Dead and Buried

Dead and Buried

GOW, your wallet (i.e. your 'a*se') must have been bitten hard by the rip-off. Did that hurt?
Dead and Buried
11th Apr 14 09:43

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