Over the last couple of days I have really really suffered. I woke up Saturday with tooth ache, at first I thought that my filling had come out, so I took myself off to the emergency dentist. I was shocked when he told me that my filling was intact and that what was causing the problem was an abscess. But also that the abscess was caused because my tooth was dying. Oh no!! So I was told that I needed to either have root canal treatment or a the tooth taken out within 2 weeks, then sent away with some Antibiotics. I was mortified by both of my options to be honest. I am petrified of the dentist, it all stems back to when I was little. My tooth was wobbly, but I asked the dentist not to take it out because I wanted it to fall out in its own time. She said ok I wont touch it. Next thing I know she had pulled it out! I was so upset that she had lied to me so from then on I have not trusted any Dentist.
I was in so much pain, all I could think about was poor Chester and Millie! If teething was anything like this I totally feel sorry for them! I had never felt pain like it! Unsurprisingly I didn't sleep last night, I was in too much pain. This morning the pain had eased a little, I suppose that was the antibiotics starting to do there thing. Although as the day has gone on the pain has gone up a few notches.
You would not believe the trouble I have gone through today to get a dentist to see me! Where we live NHS dentists are not taking on any new patients, even for paying customers like us and they haven't been since we moved here 6 years ago! There is no way I can afford to pay to go private. I am not a fan of 'class' so the easiest way to explain how I feel we slot in is.... we are not poor, we are certainly not rich but we are comfortable. By that I mean we can pay our bills and still smile at the end of the month. We do not have credit cards and we do not have £260 to just hand over at such short notice! Which was was suggested to me by one dentist this morning! I have rung around lots of dentists, NHS helplines, PALS (who by the way were rude, telling me I just needed to suck it up and drive the hour away to the nearest NHS dentist). Sadly it seems unless you are registered with a dentist and can get a referral they can not help you! But eventually I spoke to a really lovely lady, who I think could hear the desperation in my voice. After about 20 minutes on the phone to her, she had sorted me out with an emergency dentist appointment for Friday. Not local, but only a 20 minute drive away. Hopefully they will do the tooth extraction there and then, but as they are an emergency centre they may not! Sadly I am now willing to take that chance as I just seem to be going around in circles and to be honest I am in too much pain to argue anymore.
I will keep you updated, but in the mean time keep your fingers crossed they will extract my tooth on Friday!