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A long story but I have been referred to have a tooth out under sedation on the NHS. I was told by my original dentist that she could not crown it as there was insufficient tooth structure. (Tooth has large cavity extending below gumline.) Assessment at hospital – told tooth possibly wouldn’t crown. Do you think it would be possible for the dentist to crown my tooth using a core/post build-up? And if so, do you know if this is available on the NHS? Am I allowed to request that the dentist tries crowning the tooth rather than extracting it? (To add to my story I have severe dental phobia and I’m suffering with severe depression at the thought of losing this tooth. I’m only 36 and this is my worst nightmare!!)

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Asked on 21/10/2014 12:00 am
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Your own dentist and a second opinion have suggested the removal of your tooth. While not the reply you hoped for, it is unlikely that a third dentist would give you a different answer or provide successful treatment.
As my colleague mentioned in a previous post, part of your future dental care ought to be focussed on preventing future problems.
I am sure that your dentist is sympathetic to your dental concerns. If not, try to find a practice which allocates time to provide dental phobia care. Hypnotherapy may be of benefit. Sedation or general anaesthetic should be a last resort

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Answered on 05/11/2014 12:00 am
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If two dentists say it is unsaveabke then it probabley is
A referral to the local community dental service may help you overcome your dental phobia better than having a general anaesthetic as they can take time to help you overcome your fears
Most important of all you need help to understand why your tooth decayed so badly so as to need extracting so that you can prevent others being lost

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Answered on 03/11/2014 12:00 am