Bad day at the dentist

Colin_T

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I went to a new dentist last week to have a huge hole in one of my teeth fixed. The dentist is Eastern European and whilst very proficient, was a little rough. After the procedure I went for a drive and an hour later got home and had a mouthful of blood. I shone a torch in my mouth and there was blood flowing out of my gum where the dentist had done a bit of damage. I freaked out and contacted the dentist and was told to put something on the wound and apply pressure. I have nothing to put on a wound but a paper towel and that made me feel like throwing up due to the gag reflex being where the tooth is located. The bleeding settled down after a few more hours and I was just careful brushing and flossing for the next few days.

Today I went back for another filling (tiny one that didn't even need a needle to numb the area). When I got there I said I'm here for my 2:10pm appointment. The receptionist said I am late and the appointment was for 1pm. I said it was 2:10pm and that is on the card I got last week. We discussed the matter for a few minutes and they eventually said take a seat and we'll see what we can do. Apparently they charge you if your late. I wasn't late according to the appointment card I had.

While there they cleaned my teeth because they hadn't been done for quite a while due to living on the street, being evicted 3 times in 6 months, and covid19. Anyway, they got a bit rough around the tooth that was fixed last week and it started bleeding. It bled a lot and they were sucking up the liquid in my mouth and the clear tube on the sucky thing was red. It got so bad they stuffed a heap of wadding in my mouth but that put pressure on my gag reflex and I nearly hurled all over the place. They took the wadding out and it was red, completely covered in blood. More wadding in and a minute later it was out and dripping blood.

After a couple of minutes of running around panicking and trying to stop the bleeding they put something on it and it helped slow the flow. They finished cleaning the rest of the teeth and then asked me if I was on blood thinners. I said yes and explained what I was taking. They said it shouldn't cause it to bleed like that. More questions from both sides and then I was told there might be a tumour or cyst in the jaw or gum and that is why it is bleeding. I ummed and ahhed a bit before reluctantly having an x-ray of the area, which showed nothing bad. Further attempts were made to stop the bleeding and after a while they said it has almost stopped. Then they let me go home. There was a bag of bloody swabs on the tray, all from me :(

After this I went to pay the bill and there was a guy sitting in the waiting room without a mask on. The government has removed mask laws for public places but anywhere medical procedures take place, masks are still compulsory. This includes dentists. This guy is sitting right next to the counter without a mask on. I am standing at the other end of the counter trying to avoid him. The door is shut and there is no airflow through the practice and the receptionist wants me to pay. I hand my bank card over and the tap and go part doesn't work. So I have to walk over to the EFTPOS machine, which is right next to the guy without the mask. I put the card in and enter my pin and pay the bill. I am about to walk out and the receptionist asks if I want to make an appointment for 6 months. I said I might be dead in 6 months so I will call you. Then I walked out.

Moral of the story. Visit a dentist regularly (at least once a year) and find one you are comfortable with and one who lets you know the area might bleed for a bit if they damaged the area.
 

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I haven't been to a dentist in twenty years. That time he did a gold crown , which has since fallen off , and he quoted me a price for another that made me cringe. I sold the gold crown that fell off to a gold and coin dealer for $50 bucks and learned that dentists are out of my price league. Yes, I'm missing a few chiclets but I can still chew a steak and I have a couple bucks in my wallet.
 

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The dentists in my area are really good and we get yearly check ups... Sorry that you had a really bad experience
 

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My husband and I see our dentist every 6 months except when they weren't allowed to open during Covid 19. When we first registered with this dentist she was NHS, but then she decided to go private so because we didn't want to change to another dentist we stayed with her even though we have to pay more.
She wasn't allowed to do a scale and polish when they were finally allowed to open during Covid lockdowns as the procedure creates an aerosol, but she was allowed to do it at our last visit in April, 2 years after the last one.
 

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This is a wild dentist tale. I went to a guy when I was 17, as my father had dental insurance with his work and I was about to be too old. I had over a dozen cavities.
A few weeks later, the dentist showed up murdered in the river. He had had massive gambling debts.
I've had a few dentists since who were very puzzled at why I had so many fillings, but had only had a couple of cavities in the many years since... I have a bunch of very tiny fillings that barely go into the teeth. I guess the guy needed money.
 

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I'm sorry you came across such a dentist. Unfortunately, many dentists do their job poorly, and their patients end up in such situations. And indeed, your morals are right. Each person should find their dentist with whom they feel most comfortable. It took me a while to find a good dentist because I also went through many similar situations, but in the end, to my happiness, I found this clinic - thehealthysmile.net, where I am very satisfied with their work. I can safely go to the dentist because I know everything will be fine.
 
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