Monday, 28 June 2010
I don't enjoy visiting the dentist....well I'm sure there aren't that many people who do actually ENJOY it!
I've always tried to look after my teeth. When I lived in England I had a check-up every six months, I brush them regularly and floss them.
However, I've been a bit neglectful of late. Oh I still brush and floss, but I haven't visited a dentist anywhere near as often as I should have. The reason is mostly because of all the moves we've made to different areas. It takes me ages to find a dentist that I trust, and to my horror I realised this week that it was in fact 4 years since I last saw one. I hasten to add that Turkish dentists in my opinion are simply the best. The technology is first class, and the hygiene standards amazing. You cannot even enter the building without first putting on plastic covers over your shoes. The problem with my putting it off is to do with not settling in one place long enough...but mostly it's fear!
I have this recurring problem with a large tooth at the back of my mouth. It has broken and been re-built three times over the years. Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but occasionally I become aware of a jagged edge that causes me to bite the inside of my mouth when I'm eating. I know I ought to have it removed, but some years ago I had a similar tooth on the other side of my mouth removed and it was such an ordeal. The root is very curved and the dentist (in England) had great trouble removing it. He ended up having to break it up and remove it in small pieces, and my face ended up swollen and bruised as a result.
So you can understand my reluctance to have this one out. But this week the jagged edge has been bothering me again. The tooth doesn't ache because it's dead but the skin around the tooth was incredibly sore.
This morning I caught the bus over to Mr Ayak's hotel, and he took me to a dentist who was recommended by his cousin's wife. He was a lovely man, very kind and gentle...but the real plus point being that he spoke English.
It would appear that there is an abscess next to the tooth, which I suspected, but he is not keen to remove the tooth. He thinks it will be more uncomfortable eating without it there. But he agrees that it can't be filled or re-built anymore, and it would be best for it to be cut down and crowned. He also discovered an infection in the gums at the bottom front of my mouth, so I am now on a course of antibiotics and a mouthwash, because he can't carry out any treatment until this and the abscess has cleared up. In the meantime he did file down the jagged edge which has made it much more comfortable and I have an appointment for next Monday to sort out the problems.
So I have vowed today that I will never go this long again. I really thought that my teeth were generally OK, but it just goes to show that even regular brushing and flossing is just not enough.
I just thought I'd mention...apart from the excellent dental treatment here, the cost is far cheaper than the UK. In fact it's been possible for a few years now to book package dental holidays to Turkey. You can have your flights, accommodation and all your dental treatment carried out for less than you would pay just for the treatment in England!
Although it's not really my idea of a holiday!