Hello, about 5


Hello, about 5 years ago, I was diagnosed at King’s walk in clinic with cracked molars and was told I needed composite fillings which the NHS would not fund. When I say cracked teeth, I mean they are cracked right down to the base of the root. I have since had two composite fillings privately. The second one broke/cracked within the first week. Can I ask where I stand with regards cracked teeth requiring composite fillings and the NHS? I’ve gone for 4 years without treatment of the filling that cracked/leaked, because I cannot afford the exhorbitant private fees. I would be most grateful for any clarification. I am desperate to get my teeth fixed as I’ve not been eating well for years as the foods I really like (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, salads) I’m unable to eat as they cause pain even at room temperature. I don’t experience pain when eating cooked foods (which I don’t really like) or non-fluidy foods. I think it’s the fluid content in the raw fruit and vegetables that’s causing the pain. I am also convinced that the chronic ‘infection’ in the tooth in question has caused my weight loss. I am now clinically underweight. It’s also extremely embarrassing because there is a bad smell that is gettinig progressively worse which I am convinced is caused by the broken/leaky composite filling. On the other side of the mouth, I’m unable to chew because the pressure of biting down causes pain rather than temperature. I think these teeth are also cracked.

I hope what I’ve written gives a clear picture and would be extremely grateful for your input.

Many thanks.

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Asked on 18/12/2008 12:00 am
Private answer

Although you have provided a detailed description of your problem, it is not easy to provide a suggestion for treatment without formal examination and X-rays.

The situation may have deteriorated a great deal in the past 5 years.

It would be best to schedule an appointment and start afresh.


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Answered on 18/12/2008 12:00 am