Sunday, 6 January 2013

Another trip to the dentist

You may recall the discomfort I suffered on my recent flight to England due to an abscess in my gums.  I was so fortunate to have a friend who works for a dental practise...the same friend whose house I stayed in for the best part of my visit this time.

The dentist was great.  He x-rayed, anaesthetised and drained the abscess, gave me antibiotics etc and all was back to normal within a few days.  My friend bought me an electric toothbrush for Christmas which is such a useful and welcome gift.

Another abscess has appeared within the last few days.  This time in a tooth in the top and back of my mouth.  I'm also having sinus problems so it's difficult at times to know which is causing the most pain.

I still have doubts about the dentist in Milas who I saw before I went to England, and who failed to diagnose the abscess, but having been advised by the English dentist to get my teeth cleaned on returning to Turkey, I made an appointment for Monday for a scale and polish with the Milas dentist.  His English is pretty good which makes it easier to discuss my treatment with him, so I decided to give him another chance.

Yesterday afternoon the pain was unbearable so I phoned him and he asked me to go to the surgery.  He didn't x-ray the tooth (which I hoped he would do) but he did clean the area around the tooth which seems to have eased the pain somewhat.  He said he would look at it again on Monday before cleaning and decide what to do next.

I still don't feel very confident in his ability but I'll decide on Monday whether to continue with him or find someone else.

I'm hoping I've misjudged him and that he will prove to be as good as other dentists I've used in Turkey over the years.  I haven't actually met a bad one yet so fingers crossed.

18 comments:

  1. I find it very annoying how many dentists and doctors tend to push "trendy" treatments. These treatments usually cost a lot of money, or expensive drugs or require lots of re-visits.

    Nowadays the trendy treatment in Turkey seems to be "root canal." In years back, this was big league stuff and now it is standard treatment. Whenever you go to a dentist, no matter what your particular symptom, you come out with the same recommendation. (I am generalizing I know.)
    By the way, with an abscess, it IS possible they advised a root canal but it is always good to double check everything on the Net too and to investigate every prescription they give.

    I went to my vet and the same thing was happening there too! No matter what symptoms my cat had, the vet was adamant that he needed a kidney operation. This, despite the fact that even a quick look on the Net revealed the true source of the problem beyond much doubt. I practically had to "trick" the vet into admitting what I had already learned!

    It is the effect of the commercial privatization of medicine, I suppose.

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    1. Nomad you are absolutely right. Every dentist I've visted in the past couple of years has told me I need bridge and crown work. Yes maybe I do, but these are back teeth that don't even show when I smile and actually don't cause any problems. This new dentist advised the same. However the English dentist advised getting my gums back to normal health before even considering any further work, and this is what I intend to do. I've told the Milas dentist this so we will see how things progress tomorrow.

      The only dentist who didn't try to sell me anything was one in Konacik near Bodrum, who repaired a tooth for me last year. He just did what he was asked to do. If I'm not totally happy with the Milas dentist I'll go to Bodrum, but obviously Milas is more convenient.

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  2. I do hope you feel more confident about your dentist when you go there on monday! It is so important to trust your dentist. The fact that he talks english is important. But your gut feeling is important as well. Trust your instinct. I went to a dentist in Alanya, since the dentist costs in Turkey are about a third (at least) of the swedish. I didn´t have a nice feeling while being there. I felt as if I was one customer in a long row, the dentist coming in, doing his job, and then saying: "next". The job was cheap, but back home in Sweden the fillings came out. I will try another dentist when I come back to Alanya this summer. I´ve been recommended a good one, but he doesn´t speak neither english nor german...But since a friend of mine has been very satisfied with him, I will just open my mouth and let him do the rest. :)

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    1. You're right Selda, one's gut instinct is more important than the language that's for sure. I am still undecided and don't feel I've actually given this man a fair chance yet, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

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  3. We have two friends who are dentists in Bodrum. If you don't have any luck in Milas we can give you a recommendation.

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    1. Thankyou BtoB. I'll certainly bear that in mind xx

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  4. Poor Ayak. This really isn't the way you want to begin the new year. I'm sure the English dentist was right in advising you to get your gums healthy again first. Remember that smoking isn't good for gums, so if you could manage to cut back, it might help the healing process. Easier said than done, as I know from bitter experience...
    Hugs Pxxx

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    1. Yes I know smoking doesn't help Perpetua and I have cut back an awful lot since the first abscess..not quite given up but heading in that direction! Thanks for the hugs xx

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    2. More power to you as you try to give up, Ayak. It isn't easy, but SO worthwhile once you manage it. My struggles with the noxious weed are over 30 years in the past now, but still horribly vivid in my memory. ;-)

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    3. I'll just keep trying Perpetua xx

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    4. We were on 2-3 packs a day each. Hilary kept that up for 40 years. We sometimes find it hard to believe that we managed to give up. About 5 and a half years ago... The difference is astonishing in so many ways (not burning the money is a bonus!). It's also hard to track down precisely what was different about the time we managed to quit from all the times we failed to quit...
      Hilary found the Alan Carr method really, really helpful (though she did ignore parts of it!).

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    5. It's just a case of finding the right time Ashley. I have given up for considerable periods of time in the past. The longest was for 9 years! Maybe two of you giving up at the same time works. You can encourage each other. Mr A smokes too and finds it impossible to quit, and this doesn't help.

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    6. Absolutely no cross-encouragement. That would not have been constructive for us. I gave up first. I set a date but, before that date, I just decided to stop. Ashley stopped about a month afterwards. I guess the fact that I had got over the worst at that point was quite helpful.

      We've not hit the nine year mark yet though! So you did better than us.

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    7. You're right Hilary in that you really have to make the decision for yourself. It's how I did it before. It really has to be the right time for you, regardless of anyone else trying to do the same.

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  5. So miserable having not only pain in the mouth but also sinus problems.
    Trust your instincts with your dentist.
    We've tried dentists here...but most want to give over the top treatments so now if we have a problem we take the bus to Nicaragua to a most competent lady who looks for the simple solutions first.

    Fingers crossed for you.

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    1. I'm really hoping the teeth will be sorted today Fly, then I can get on with dealing with the sinus problem.

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  6. Sorry to hear there is still an ongoing problem and really hope it can be dealt with very quickly & efficiently.
    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

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