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    • Elinore
    • By Elinore 22nd Sep 16, 1:52 PM
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    large Abcess - NHS/Private (not medical advice)
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:52 PM
    large Abcess - NHS/Private (not medical advice) 22nd Sep 16 at 1:52 PM
    Hi All,


    Pootled in for my 6th monthly NHS check up and my dentist suddenly looked worried. Fired off a round of x-rays and asked if I had any pain or issues with my teeth. Nope, all good says me.


    She then points out on the x-ray that I have a huge tracking abscess from the side of a side tooth, up across my jaw to under my cheekbone looking to be draining into my sinus. Was prescribed high dose A/B and sent away for a week.


    Came back as requested after a week the A/Bs have not touched the beast apparently (honestly I cant feel it -its not hurting at all I can feel the swelling under my cheek and a tiny pressure in my jaw but only after she drew my attention to it!) throughout she kept muttering that its massive, huge, how could you not feel that? wow its so big and so on......... so put the wind up me a bit.

    However she has now referred me to a private dentist to have it treated at a sum of £800! - Is this normal? I didn't ask for a private referral, or have private cover she just told me this is for the best as I need a specialist.


    Just to note - The private dentist cant see me for nearly three weeks and over the last few days I have a nasty taste and upset tum so I think the beast is leaking and I am swallowing some of the nastiness- I am planning to pop to my dentist today to mention this.
    Last edited by Elinore; 22-09-2016 at 1:57 PM.
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    • DomRavioli
    • By DomRavioli 22nd Sep 16, 1:56 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:56 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 1:56 PM
    You could ask for an NHS referral, but it may take months, and may be completely out of area (usually has to be done at hospital in a maxillofacial clinic).

    Perhaps ask for an urgent NHS referral - both NHS and private dentists can refer to the NHS for things such as this.
    Observe, Adapt, Overcome.
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    • Guest101
    • By Guest101 22nd Sep 16, 2:11 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 2:11 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 2:11 PM
    Are they looking to extract ? Or?
    • Elinore
    • By Elinore 22nd Sep 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 7:07 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 7:07 PM
    No extraction - so i have been told.

    Just excise, clean and drain the abscess. It from the xray it doesnt seem to be related to a tooth (maybe why its not hurting?)

    My teeth are in pretty ok nick.I have very few fillings, i floss and generally treat my teeth well. So this was a bit of a surprise.
    • Dill
    • By Dill 22nd Sep 16, 7:09 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 7:09 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 7:09 PM
    Can you get a 2nd opinion from a different dental practice?
    • Elinore
    • By Elinore 23rd Sep 16, 7:38 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 7:38 AM
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    • 23rd Sep 16, 7:38 AM
    Hi Dill - 2nd opinion about what the abscess or the referral?

    The abscess is there and i have no doubt It needs sorting - i can tell its leaking now, nasty grey stuff. Its really upsetting my tum, especially overnight because i am swallowing the seepage in my sleep. Ugh.

    £800 though, it couldn't be timed worse, just exchanged on a house (FTB) and due to complete on the 27th - normally would have savings for such things but house is already taking all our money lol!
    • FBaby
    • By FBaby 24th Sep 16, 10:10 AM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 10:10 AM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 10:10 AM
    I would ask to be referred to a maxilofacial consultant. This is much more of their remit than that of a dentist. Very surprised they wouldn't have done so in the first place.
    • Bogalot
    • By Bogalot 24th Sep 16, 10:29 AM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 10:29 AM
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    • 24th Sep 16, 10:29 AM
    Are you in London? If so the dental service at King's may be suitable for you.

    https://www.kch.nhs.uk/patientsvisitors/patients/dental-patients/acute-dental-care

    There was an excellent service at the Royal London but that is currently withdrawn.
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