I had a tooth I knew needed a filling. My old dentist told me when I was in the year before. But, I hated that dentist because appointments were always excruciating. Because of that, I ignored it for as long as I reasonably could. Unfortunately, it started hurting pretty bad so I bit the bullet and called an emergency dentist. I had no intentions of going back to my old dentist. I was in enough pain. When I got to the dentist, he told me that the tooth next to the one I knew was a problem needed a filling and to schedule an appointment for a filling on the way out. I asked him about the original tooth I knew needed a filling and all he said is, “Yeah. That one too.” I feel like he would have completely missed that if I hadn’t told him. Should I trust this dentist? Plus, I’m still in pain.
I’m sorry you are in pain. Truthfully, the dentist should have done something to at least get you out of pain. Without examining you and seeing your x-rays, I couldn’t tell you if he misdiagnosed you. However, I will say I am concerned that he missed the first cavity which you already knew about.
I’m also a bit concerned about how long you’ve had this decay. These things can blow up quickly. It is possible it spread to the other tooth and that is why he noticed that cavity, but he should have seen both.
Your jaw is quite close to both your brain and your heart. If this turns into an infection it can spread quickly. It’s important you get this decay taken care of. That doesn’t mean you have to go to this dentist.
Find an “Emergency” Dentist You Can Trust
Do another internet search for an emergency dentist to find someone in your area who will treat non-established patients quickly. However, make sure you check their reviews before booking.
This will give you some idea what kind of experience others have had with this dentist. It should give a hint of what their chairside manner is like.
Finding a Permanent Dentist
It may be that this next dentist you try, who takes care of your decay may be someone you like. However, you seem to have been put through the mill when it comes to dentists and I want to help you have a positive experience.
You are bound to have some dental anxiety after all you’ve been through. There are dentists who like working with anxious patients. They want to help them feel differently about the dentist.
Many of them use dental sedation to help you get past all the work you may need done. Often, patients with dental fear have avoided care for years and need a lot of work. Getting a sedation appointment helps them have anxiety free appointment and allows the dentist to get more done in each sitting.
It can completely change your perspective on dental care.
This blog is brought to you by Lafayette Dentist Dr. Ashley Price.