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.