I’m so frustrated. I had/have a cavity I’ve been ignoring because it’s on a front tooth and I wasn’t too keen on getting an obvious filling on the front of my teeth. So, I left it. Then it became painful. I don’t have a regular dentist, so I went to an emergency dentist. He did some tests and told me the tooth beside it needed a filling. I reminded him about the tooth I already told him needed a filling and he looked and said, “Oh yeah. That one too.” Then he sent me home without doing any of it and told me to schedule a follow-up appointment. Now I’m still in pain but don’t know if I trust this dentist to do anything. What do I do?
I can understand your frustration. Even though many emergency dentists don’t have the time to fix the problem at the emergency appointment, many of them will write you a prescription to help you with the pain while you’re waiting for your follow-up appointment. Additionally, it does concern me that he didn’t notice the first cavity, which you already knew about. You may be better served just getting his x-rays to bring to another dentist and let them do the follow-up.
I wanted to address your worry about the filling on your front tooth being obvious. These days, you’re no longer stuck with those ugly metal fillings. Many dentists are mercury-free dentists these days and only place white fillings that can be made to match your tooth color exactly.
It’s important you get these fillings done as soon as possible. With the pain you’re in, I’m concerned the cavity has gone far enough to turn into an infection. You don’t want this to spread.
Avoiding the Emergency Dentist
I understand that you don’t have a dentist. But going to a trusted family dentist is always less stressful than sitting in front of a strange dentist holding sharp implements when you’re in massive pain.
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