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Dental concern

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
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Buttercup79Buttercup79 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
Hi all, hoping some lovely person out there can help me. Went to NHS Dentist Tues this week (after the usual 3 month wait). Had some treatment - no injection involved - and at the time thought there was something on the cotton roll used between my upper lip and gum. They felt cold and damp, my mouth stung/had a burning sensation, lips tingled, and had a very nasty taste on my lips afterwards (reminded me of what you used to paint on your nails to stop biting them). I asked at the time and didn't get a straight answer.
The next day all the skin inside my lips peeled (like the roof of your mouth sometimes does) and they still feel tender, as does the tip of my tongue. I rang the dentist to try and find out so that I could get it put on my record not to use again, and they said they would ring back and let me know.
Today, having heard nothing, I rang them to be told they don't, and never have, put anything on the cotton rolls.
Does this sound like something I should keep chasing, or should I keep my metaphorical mouth shut in case I can't get any treatment completed? I've been left feeling more than a bit anxious!
Thanks in advance for any ideas x


  • brook2jackbrook2jack Forumite
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    In dentistry nothing is put on the cotton wool rolls as they are only there to keep the tooth dry.

    I don't know what you had done but if you eg , had some white filling placed as part of that procedure a gel is used to roughen up the tooth to make it sticky ..... acid etch. If you close your mouth or lick your lips whilst it is being used this can get spread about. It tastes horrible and can make your gum peel. This is harmless and quickly heals.
  • LorianLorian Forumite
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    I've had topical anaesthesia applied with cotton wool rolls many times - no side effects though.
  • brook2jackbrook2jack Forumite
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    Op didn't have anaesthetic therefore no reason to use topical as no injection given and topical gel is not used for anything else.
    Also topical gels are flavoured eg bubblegum .
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