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Syntax101
Old 08-12-2012, 12:30 PM
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Hi,
im a 27 single male in the uk.

i currently work in landscaping, however recently work has been slow, and if im not on a site working, i don't get paid.

its been a month since i had a paycheck, and i have 50 in the bank.

i have desperately been seeking new work around me but to no luck so far,

but onto my problem, i have bad teeth. extremely painful teeth.

on the right side of my mouth i have 3 broken teeth, and 3 chipped teeth, on the left side i have 1 hole in a tooth, and 1 chipped tooth.

everyday is a fight for pain relief, i take pain killers, swish whiskey in my mouth, everything, it controls my life. i cant eat any food i want, i have to consider spices, temperature ect, because the wrong food will have me in cold sweats all night.

But i don't see a light at the end of the tunnel, when i look at free NHS it says i have to be on jobseekers, which i cant be as technically i am employed.

for the treatment i need, the NHS cost site says it will be about 200, money i just don't have.

although i am debt free, i have a bad credit history and cannot apply for loans, and i dare ask for a payment plan with my current work predicament.

i spoke to my boss, and he doesn't see me getting any new work till jan if im lucky.

I have no quality of life at the moment, i cant go out, i can't even relax, everyday is just pure pain.

i thank you for reading this, I don't know what i am seeking, as i don't even know what i should be looking for, I just need some help, whether there's some scheme i don't know about, or some benefits, or emergency dental help, i don't know, i just need to solve this pain.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:35 PM
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You can apply for help due to your low income, more info here.

What does your employment contract say about your hours? It sounds like you either are not being paid correctly, or you are in fact entitled to JSA.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:41 PM
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i dont have a "contract" as such.

basically i was on JSA and was finding it hard to find work. my friend owns a landscaping company, so gave me work for him, so i signed off JSA.

I had to give my bank details & NI number + tax codes, and i am currently taxed, which is why i thought that would stop me joining JSA.
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:43 PM
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If you are working less than sixteen hours a week, and you earn less than 75ish, you will be eligible for JSA. If you work some weeks and do not others, you can sign on for the weeks you do not (you would have to do a rapid reclaim each time you go over the thresholds).
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:45 PM
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would that be over a certain period? because sometimes i worked 60 hours a week for a few months, then nothing. and there's been chunks of time between ( rainy days, no work ect ).
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Old 08-12-2012, 2:26 PM
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Emergency treatment is only 17. So if you are in a lot of pain/have an infection call your local emergency NHS dentist.
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Old 08-12-2012, 2:28 PM
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Sign on for Jobseekers and then you have to try to find a NHS dentist who is taking on in your area. In my city we have a dental advice line and they will tell you who is currently taking on patients.
Hopefully you will be lucky and find a dentist with vacancies.
If you are in a lot of pain and cant wait is there a dental hospital you can go to?.They will do emergency work to get you out of pain but wont sort out all your teeth. Severe dental pain can be a very serious.
After you get it sorted you need to go for regular check ups so that you dont end up with a lot of dental problems again.I've had lots of dental problems and I know it can be horrible.Good luck with it.
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Old 08-12-2012, 2:31 PM
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you are also entitled to working tax credit which will give you nhs exemption ring up monday and put in a claim for it.
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Old 08-12-2012, 7:09 PM
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thank you all for advise. I have thought about making an appointment to an emergency dentist, but i thought that would cost a fortune, but 17 sounds pretty good, il phone up on monday anyway about the tax credits, i tried calling earlier but they are closed today. Ty all, il update this post on monday when i have info.
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Old 08-12-2012, 7:17 PM
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Do you have a dental hospital close by?

They are free to all and often have emergency clinics.
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Old 08-12-2012, 8:18 PM
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if you go to your local job center they will be able to give you some advice, my partner was working part time because he was claiming jsa he had to send all wage slips in, by the sound of things you should be able to do the same, not 100% sure but I think you can earn 20 a week on top off jsa so if your not working at mo you should be able to put in a claim, also if you go to see your dr they might be able to refer you for treatment on the nhs with a local dentist, i.e childrens center dentist.

best of luck.
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Old 08-12-2012, 8:33 PM
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The 204 band is for a treatment involving lab work -crowns or dentures.

To get out of pain, you will only need Band 2 work. Examination, extractions and fillings. This is the 47 (odd) band. It might be that you have a 17 initial 'emergency' band followed by the 47 Band 2 charge.

I think you're just looking at the 'big' picture of needing a denture in the end to replace the missing teeth. But that isn't what you need to just get out of pain.

Get in and get out of pain first.

Then save up and get things looking a bit better later on when you're in a better financial position.

THEN - make sure you stay on top of things by getting your diet and tooth cleaning sorted out, and going regularly to the dentist rather than waiting for the next disaster to strike.
How to find a dentist.
1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
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Check whether there is any dental school near you. They can offer free treatments done by their students who are supervised. A quick google can probably point you the right way. Please check out whether you are eligible for free treatment first.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:21 PM
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http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/ to help you find a dentist in your area.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNH...l-charges.aspx lists the correct upto date charges.

There are always options - We used Emergency dentist in Cambridge when my OH was in severe pain. 2 fillings and tooth taken out there and then including an x ray all for what was at the time 17 - now 17.50. They saw us within 2 days. We now have a new dentist and have been there well over 2 years now. Very happy with them too.
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Old 09-12-2012, 1:22 AM
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i used to work in the "landscaping" field...

i actually never signed off for the two years i was working... my wages were averaged across the fortnight, and rarely ever went above the benefits...

some weeks they (DWP) paid me nothing, but it meant that i knew i was working and doing what i could to earn a living...

i still had the same conditions of being unemployed...

get to the job centre and sign on...

you can even sign off when your given a job, then sign on when you end the job, 3 days wait between the claims goin live (or a rapid reclaim within 8 weeks i believe doesnt have the wait of 3 days)

just remember to keep your council informed for housing benefits if applicable, as otherwise you may have weeks of unpaid rent if you dont notify them of your income etc...


i believe that: if you sign on today, go to dentist tomorrow, and pay the fee as an nhs patient, then you can reclaim it if you get awarded benefits... (as in, your claim is today) but for the sake of pain, i'd foot the bill and just take it as a bonus if it relives the pain.
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Hi all, wanted to update this :

Thank you everyone for the advice! I'm now signed onto JSA & have been to the dentist, he did alot of pain relief work & im going in on Jan 9th for the surgery i need ( im on antibiotics at the moment ).

For the first time in ages i feel like a normal human being & im not constantly in agonising pain,

You guys have given me back my quality of life & i feel great, thank you all so much, words alone cant express how deeply grateful i am, I wasn't aware of any entitlement to help me.
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Old 14-12-2012, 3:46 PM
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Hi all, wanted to update this :

Thank you everyone for the advice! I'm now signed onto JSA & have been to the dentist, he did alot of pain relief work & im going in on Jan 9th for the surgery i need ( im on antibiotics at the moment ).

For the first time in ages i feel like a normal human being & im not constantly in agonising pain,

You guys have given me back my quality of life & i feel great, thank you all so much, words alone cant express how deeply grateful i am, I wasn't aware of any entitlement to help me.
That is a lovely update! All the best with everything in the future
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Hi all, wanted to update this :

Thank you everyone for the advice! I'm now signed onto JSA & have been to the dentist, he did alot of pain relief work & im going in on Jan 9th for the surgery i need ( im on antibiotics at the moment ).

For the first time in ages i feel like a normal human being & im not constantly in agonising pain,

You guys have given me back my quality of life & i feel great, thank you all so much, words alone cant express how deeply grateful i am, I wasn't aware of any entitlement to help me.
I'm very pleased to hear you are now getting the treatment you deserve. It's a disgrace that you suffered in pain for so long in a so called civilised country!
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