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    • Supernova
    • By Supernova 1st Mar 17, 4:57 PM
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    Root Canal Treatment around London
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    • 1st Mar 17, 4:57 PM
    Root Canal Treatment around London 1st Mar 17 at 4:57 PM
    Hi all,

    My NHS dentist has referred me to a private clinic for an NHS extraction or alternatively a £100 consultation for £900 RCT and then a £500 crown if indeed the tooth can be saved.

    Apparently there is a possibility that the root goes up into the sinus. I have had one course of antibiotics for it back in October 2016.

    It's UL6 (UL7 next to the wisdom is missing).

    Would prefer to try and save it rather than face implants/dentures.

    Any money saving tips to find somewhere at reasonable cost ;-) I'm in NW London but can travel - I tried Compare My Smile for example but they don't ring back.

    Many thanks!

    S
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    • Supernova
    • By Supernova 14th Mar 17, 4:35 PM
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    I wasn't charged a separate consultation fee and my usual dentist sent over the x-rays.

    Still cheaper than the £950 you've been quoted.
    Originally posted by silvercar
    Thanks SC.

    Actually, I just picked up some X-Rays from my NHS dentist - 3 years old but I guess the roots haven't moved ;-)

    Trouble is I'm trying to fit it in before I go away in 10 days and before the antibiotics are due to wear off.

    S
    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 15th Mar 17, 10:09 AM
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    They would give an idea - but a dentist would want something more up-to-date before giving a proper opinion.
    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.
    • Supernova
    • By Supernova 15th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    They would give an idea - but a dentist would want something more up-to-date before giving a proper opinion.
    Originally posted by Toothsmith
    I am certain that my NHS Dentist has a more up-to-date X-Ray - I asked yesterday but they were not forthcoming.

    Another reason why I am not keen to go back to them once the RCT is over. My private dentist sent an up to date X-Ray to the £950 RCT guys - not sure what the etiquette is if I'm jumping ship?

    S
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 16th Mar 17, 9:59 PM
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    I am certain that my NHS Dentist has a more up-to-date X-Ray - I asked yesterday but they were not forthcoming.

    Another reason why I am not keen to go back to them once the RCT is over. My private dentist sent an up to date X-Ray to the £950 RCT guys - not sure what the etiquette is if I'm jumping ship?

    S
    Originally posted by Supernova
    Just ask the private dentist to send it on - it's only a question of forwarding an email.

    Worst case the new dentist takes another x-ray. Not ideal, but supposedly the harmful effects of one x-ray are no worse than the exposure you suffer on taking a flight.

    (I had the x-ray from my old dentist forwarded and the specialist redid it because it hadn't shown the total area he wanted to see.)
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    • brook2jack
    • By brook2jack 17th Mar 17, 9:44 AM
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    X rays can only be sent by e mail if the dentist has digital x rays. Films can't be copied easily so the original have to be sent.

    One pa dental x Ray is the equivalent of eating 3 Brazil nuts . Four rays is the equivalent of a one Way flight to Spain. However a dentist has to justify any x Ray as there is still a risk, even if it's a tiny one.
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