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14 years 7 months ago #19788 by ronnie
Emergency dental care was created by ronnie
Have need of such thing this morning. Upon ringing them first thing, I promptly get told it will be next week before I can be seen[:0][:0][:(!]
She started mentioning Thursday of next week, until I suggested anything a little sooner would be far better. So its 8.30 am on Monday. Not sure what I am expected to do in the meantime as have had no sleep and panadol does absolutely nothing for the pain.
Tempted to turn up at A & E and see if that would hurry things along.....

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14 years 7 months ago #293025 by Isla
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I've often pondered this question! My dentist is four hours' drive away and I usually have to book three weeks in advance to see her for annual/18-month checks. I don't know what she'd do if I rang and asked to see her today.

May I hijack and ask how often people routinely see their dentist? It has long interested me that our teeth and gums, so vital to our well-being, are poorly maintained by many people. I got lucky with good teeth, but I also somewhere received information on the necessity of regularly ensuring I was looking after them well. The dentist was no more expensive when I was first earning money than my beer and spirits and petrol spending. The same applies now - even if I won't extend to broadband! [;)]

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14 years 7 months ago #293026 by drifter
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Suck on a clove for the moment.
Thank your lucky stars that they can see you next week... it would be months here.
Ring back and ask if there is an emergency dentist anywhere... and don't cancel the appointment you already have until you have been seen.

Encourage every teen you come across to consider dentistry as a career option[;)]

I go every year for a checkup. I have to make an appointment for a check up, up to a year in advance.
Farmerdave also gets a checkup every year. His teeth always need work; it takes a couple of months to get those appointments.

Strange how much you've got to know, Before you know how little you know.

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14 years 7 months ago #293028 by ronnie
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drifter;275683 wrote: Suck on a clove for the moment.
Thank your lucky stars that they can see you next week... it would be months here.
Ring back and ask if there is an emergency dentist anywhere... and don't cancel the appointment you already have until you have been seen.

Encourage every teen you come across to consider dentistry as a career option[;)]


This IS the emergency dental service I am referring to. I know it takes months to get an appointment with my dentist, but this is an emergency which happened yesterday late afternoon/early evening.

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14 years 7 months ago #293038 by devan
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My ex hubby had a sore tooth the other day and said that vanilla extract was working a treat! not sure if you drink it or hold it on the tooth. I know when i had a really bad one one weekend the only thing that eased the pain was holding cold water in my mouth

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing,and then they marry him.

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14 years 7 months ago #293049 by ronnie
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Have rung GP as pain killers doing nothing. Off to A & E for the day as GP can't see me till end of day either.......

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14 years 7 months ago #293051 by Simkin
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Yes, A&E is a good option - you have to wait for your turn but then - people who really need the care urgently have nothing better to do than sitting there waiting.

Isla - we've been seeing the same dentist for at least 15 years and she keeps one appointment per day for emergencies for her regular customers. We've had a couple of those during those years and she sees us on the day if possible, the next day at the very latest.

There also are a couple of dental clinics in Christchurch who do not much else but seeing patients who need urgent dental care. We had to go there between Christmas and New Year, got an appointment the next day and the guy who treated me was fresh from uni employed by the practice on a contract basis.

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14 years 7 months ago #293088 by devan
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have you tried ringing all the other dentists within the vicinity? You might get lucky with a cancellation

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing,and then they marry him.

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14 years 7 months ago #293097 by moggy
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In response to Islas question, we don't go to the dentists routine any more, I get them cleaned once a year by a dental hygenist, who cleans them way better than any dentist ever has done. I know if she saw anything whilst looking in my mouth that needed attention she would tell me to book an appointment with the dentist. Getting an appointment is never a problem

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14 years 7 months ago #293106 by sod
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This is good timing, I had sore tooth 2weeks ago so Jean rang our dentist told receptionist and book me in for later that day when I got there her gave his patient injections and sent her out while they worked called me in (I dont have injections) and opened it up took lota yuk out capped it gave me script for stuff made an apppointment for next Monday to do root canal job.But it got sore again three times so just rang and he did the same at no cost. We go for yearly check ups

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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14 years 7 months ago #293116 by Kiwi303
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A week for an emergency appt? I got an appt for a week just walking into a dental surgeons and saying "I'm in town once a week for groceries, what do you have next week"

and in Te Awamutu, I walked in with a sore tooth, had an xray done there and then and walked out with a tooth out (cheaper than a $2000 root canal job) not much later.

You Live and Learn, or you don't Live Long -anon

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14 years 7 months ago #293124 by Ghilly
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Clove oil! a few tiny drops and it numbs for a wee while. My tooth hasn't been right since the last trip to the dentist. Personally I think because WINZ would pay up to $500 dollars (I had to pay back $250 of that) she charged pretty much that, $20 over.... I've never had a filling that had to be filed down, usually they fill it and off I go but she whittled away at the new filling. it felt uneven even after she'd finished and now after about a year and a bit, it feels odd still. I couldn't afford to go back and I'm reluctant to go back to that dentist. I just want one that knows how to deal with a patient that has had a jaw joint operation, MJD, and won't try and force my gob open cos she caused me great pain as well and I'm now waiting for an appointment with a specialist.... and waiting and waiting....

Yakut

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14 years 7 months ago #293126 by BillyTheTractor
I loved my dentist so much I married him and what Isla was saying is so true.
Before I type what I am going to type I will clarify by saying 'not in all cases'
But maintain and care for your teeth. Brush and floss, brush and floss.
After eating sweet things brush! If you have small children teach them how important this is. It would cut down visits to the dentist for expensive treatment like you wouldn't believe.
If everyone did this my husband would be out of a job :D ( ok slight exaggeration!)

I am lucky to be blessed with pretty good teeth, but I brush three times a day and floss. I have one crown caused by clenching when I used to do a stressful job and cracked a tooth right down the middle with the force of it! But I have no fillings, and I do eat sweets! I visit the hygienist sort of 6 monthly.

Dentistry is incredibly expensive in relation to income so it's really in everyones best interest to look after their teeth the best they can, and for health reasons - there was a recent study done where they found that gum disease can be a contributing factor to alzheimer's as well as the many other things so it's really important.

Also I am gobsmacked you are having to wait so long for an emergency appointment. My DH will work late or over his lunch for an emergency - he has never turned away anyone in pain, even if they can't afford the treatment he will still do his absolute best to get the pain away, even making home visits for elderly or infirm. I reckon he's one in a million though [:I] and so do his patients, he gets lots of hugs and wee presents.

Ronnie would you like me to ask him if there is anything barring the oil of cloves etc you could do in the mean time?
x



Wee Farm

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14 years 7 months ago #293148 by ronnie
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Well, we are back from spending the best part of the whole day in the A & E dept. Loaded up with penicillin and heavy duty pain killers, which should keep things at bay till I get to the emergency dentist on Monday morning.
I can cope with a high level of pain fairly well - except for teeth pain. It is just so excrutiating and you just can't get away from it.
What an interesting place to spend the day - including a helicopter arriving mid afternoon.
Hopefully, I won't have to visit there again any time soon......

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14 years 7 months ago #293155 by max2
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Um, we didn't have a need until SOH pulled out an old filling whilst flossing last week... however he is living with it for the mo, but if he cannot get it fix shortly, its back to Sydney on a cheap flight with our regular great dentist in burwood NSW.

Happy to share his details if necessary, he is always happy to talk rugby...

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