Friday, 9 September 2011
I have been struggling with a broken back tooth for years now. When we lived in Cappadocia I had it re-filled a couple of times, but gradually bits would chip off and lumps of filling would drop out.
Most of the time I can tolerate it. It doesn't usually ache, but sometimes the jagged edges cause me to bite my tongue and the inside of my cheek.
I have been searching for a dentist since last year who would either be prepared to extract it or to re-build it...to be honest there really wasn't much left of it to re-build. I found a dentist in Bitez last year who filed it down as a temporary measure, in the hope that I would return to have it crowned. He informed me that it was too far gone to re-build.
Now this is the problem I face. Since then I have not been able to find a half-decent dentist in Milas, so for the past couple of months I have been searching for one in Bodrum. BUT not one of them will remove the tooth. AND they say it's impossible to re-build it and that I must have it crowned. Oh and while I'm at it I should have that crown attached to a bridge which would be attached to another crown. And by the way several other teeth, which I didn't ask them to look at, in their opinion need crowns, bridges, veneers, etc etc.
All of which would cost me a small fortune.
So I walked away from all of them. OK maybe I do need more dental work, but it will be my choice as to when I have it done.
I searched the internet last night and found another dentist in Bodrum, and decided to give it one last shot. I set off on the bus, and found the dentist's surgery at 10.20am. I rang the bell, the door was locked and there was no answer. A notice next to the door said opening hours 10.30 am till 7.00pm. I waited half an hour...till 10.50am and no-one arrived so I gave up. I went off to visit Gwen at the Gumbet hotel (I will now refer to this Gwen as Gwen.2 to avoid confusion (my other friend Gwen from Selçuk is Gwen.1).
Mr A's former boss, Yaşar, (who helped Mr A sort out his motorbike the other day) said he knew of a very good dentist in Konacık, just up the road from Gumbet. He offered to take me there, and Gwen.2 came with us. He then insisted we ring him when my treatment was finished and he would collect us. What a kind and helpful man he is.
This dentist speaks very little English...his only words are OPEN, CLOSE, RINSE and BITE. But that was fine. Most important of all was that he looked at the offending remains of my tooth, and said he would fix it. He didn't tell me it couldn't be fixed, or try to convince me that it should be crowned, bridged or whatever. He just said he would re-build it and it would last at least two years. And the price he quoted was an absolute fraction of what I had been expected to pay elsewhere.
He x-rayed it to make sure there were no signs of an abscess. After 4 injections, he drilled, filled layer by layer, filed it down to get a good bite, more drilling, all of which took about an hour. He even matched up the filling to the colour of my teeth to get a perfect result. And it is indeed a perfect job. It feels so good and it looks like a brand new tooth. He didn't then try to recommend any further treatment, he just said if I had any problems or needed any further work to let him know.
That's why I'm happy. I now have a dentist who will do exactly what I ask him to. I wish all those other dentists who are just interested in making money would take a leaf out of his book. Gwen.2 has now made an appointment with him for some bridge and crown work and we have recommended him to two more people. In my opinion he will be far more successful by not being pushy.