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Old 29-09-2010, 13:49
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I have a tooth where the filling keeps falling out. I had a temporary filling in it when I went to an emergency dentist because it was too painful. The tooth is now in need of, apparently, root canal treatment after another filling came loose.

I'm getting a little bit tired of having to get it refilled all the time. The dentist at the emergency place said extraction might be the best option. It's my last molar before the wisdom tooth so I think I could live without it. All of my other teeth are fine.

So, what does it cost on the NHS?

The reason I ask is because there's so much online with different prices I'm lost.
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Old 29-09-2010, 13:58
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About 50. Maybe less.
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Old 29-09-2010, 14:16
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Around 45.60
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Old 29-09-2010, 14:21
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I'm getting a little bit tired of having to get it refilled all the time. The dentist at the emergency place said extraction might be the best option. It's my last molar before the wisdom tooth so I think I could live without it. All of my other teeth are fine.

So, what does it cost on the NHS?

The reason I ask is because there's so much online with different prices I'm lost.
45.60 is correct (as quoted by Lins).

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1781.asp...categoryid=742

Where have you found all of these other prices?
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Old 29-09-2010, 15:22
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Extraction is much quicker and cheaper, but if you can afford it I would take the option of root canal plus crown (assuming your dentist says this is an option). I had that done on a molar long long ago, it has never given me any problems and leaves you with a viable tooth.

Extraction can be the answer, but my dentist is never keen to do this as it can cause other teeth to shift across to 'fill the space', which is not merely a cosmetic problem. In addition the tooth opposing it (either above or below) has nothing to bite against and this can cause 'supereruptions'.

Unpleasant pics of 'supereruptions' here, don't look if you're not feeling strong

http://www.dental--health.com/bad_te...ererupted.html
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Old 29-09-2010, 15:36
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Actually 45.60 is the correct charge as part of an overall course of treatment. If you attend a dental access centre or somewhere that just provides emergency treatment you may be able to get it done under an 'Urgent' band which IIRC is 16.50 and can cover up to 1 permanent filling or 2 extractions.

Of course most dentists will tend to go for the higher fee and it is a bit of a grey area.
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Old 29-09-2010, 15:36
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I had about 6 extractions last year. They all cost less than 15 each . Maybe Scottish NHS charges are less. The fillings were more expensive - up to 25 - and now I'm about to start the really expensive stuff of a bridge and several crowns at once. Even so the limit is around 275 and I've already paid some of that in advance.

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Old 29-09-2010, 15:48
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Maybe Scottish NHS charges are less.
Yes, as I understand it, England and Wales use the new "banding" system, whereas Scotland still uses the old "fee per item" system.
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Old 29-09-2010, 16:00
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45.60 is correct (as quoted by Lins).

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1781.asp...categoryid=742

Where have you found all of these other prices?
Cheers everyone

It was on Google, which was mainly results to other forums as usual, so I'd thought I'd ask here to make sure.

Actually 45.60 is the correct charge as part of an overall course of treatment. If you attend a dental access centre or somewhere that just provides emergency treatment you may be able to get it done under an 'Urgent' band which IIRC is 16.50 and can cover up to 1 permanent filling or 2 extractions.

Of course most dentists will tend to go for the higher fee and it is a bit of a grey area.
I paid 16.50 for the emergency appointment which was simply to drill away the filling and put a temporary one in. I think she also killed the tooth without telling me because despite there now being a hole in the tooth again, it doesn't react to hot or cold or pressure like it would have in the past. It's also slightly grey!

I don't mind paying for it, but someone said to me it could be up to 300, which was obviously a massive over estimation!
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Old 29-09-2010, 16:49
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A root canal filling, which is what the tooth sounds like it needs to save it, also comes into band 2 i.e. 45.60. However, after a root canal it often needs a crown and that puts it into band 3 which is 198.

198 is the most that you should be charged for one course of treatment on the NHS regardless of how much treatment this involves.
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Old 29-09-2010, 16:57
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45!

I agree with the poster who said get it done under emergency treatment again, I did this last week, it was causing me so much pain and the hospital whipped it out for 16.50. Just say it's causing you unbearable pain and you can't sleep.. even if that's not true at this particular moment, tooth ache is fickle and can come back when you're not expecting it! Especially as it sounds like it's a big cavity and it's going grey.. you might end up with an infection like I did.

Good luck!
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Old 29-09-2010, 17:06
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The last emergency appointment I had the dentist was really snotty with me. It seems the NHS use a private dentist for their emergency appointments in my area (they also outsource the people you call initially to book the appointment!).

Does having a tooth pulled hurt? Well, f course it's going to, but how long for? Does it heal quickly?
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Old 29-09-2010, 17:20
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I'd hate to have my teeth pulled out. I'd have to be sedated. I couldn't be awake while they did it. I'd have a panic attack and run out!

I always think you should do whatever you can to save your teeth, though I suppose in your case it is a back tooth.

I remember the days when you used to be put under general anaesthetic at the dentist. I guess these days you have to go to a hospital for that.
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Old 29-09-2010, 17:23
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Does having a tooth pulled hurt? Well, f course it's going to, but how long for? Does it heal quickly?
In my recent experience I actually had to ask if it had been pulled yet, so no. The anesthetic jag hurt more.

Mine healed quickly but best to have painkillers handy for when anesthetic wears off.

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Old 29-09-2010, 17:42
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The last emergency appointment I had the dentist was really snotty with me. It seems the NHS use a private dentist for their emergency appointments in my area (they also outsource the people you call initially to book the appointment!).

Does having a tooth pulled hurt? Well, f course it's going to, but how long for? Does it heal quickly?
I guess it's different for different people, but for me the numbing injections are a walk in the park, I hardly felt anything and then they leave you to go numb for 5 minutes or so.
Then they begin putting pressure on the tooth, you'll feel lots of hard pushing down and hear crunching- it's not really painful but it's not a pleasant sensation. Then they'll twist the tooth out. Hopefully as you don't have much left, plus you aren't feeling much, will probably mean it's very quick for you.
That process took about 1-2 minutes! Afterwards you can taste a bit of blood, but the relief of it being over with is immense. Just take some painkillers while you're still numb and you'll forget it ever happened by the next day! It heals VERY quickly, you do salt water rinses a couple of times a day. You will not miss the tooth either... occasionally a nut might get stuck in the gap though, hehe.
It is really worth it, I'm so happy to not have toothache! Unfortunately for me, the day after I got an ear infection

The dentist you get is random I think... This is the number I was given when I told them I couldn't get in at the normal dentist: 03456 059999- it's like a referral number, you tell them about your horrible pain and they get someone from your local area to call you back with an emergency appointment. I thought the efficiency of the service was brilliant, I was in the same day.
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Old 29-09-2010, 18:06
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I'd hate to have my teeth pulled out. I'd have to be sedated. I couldn't be awake while they did it. I'd have a panic attack and run out!

I always think you should do whatever you can to save your teeth, though I suppose in your case it is a back tooth.

I remember the days when you used to be put under general anaesthetic at the dentist. I guess these days you have to go to a hospital for that.
I would love to save it because on the whole I have pretty good teeth. This one just had a filling which kept falling out (I don't know why! I don't chew gum or anything!) and it's came to a point where I am fed up of it coming loose, having to go through weeks of pain before I can book an appointment to get it drilled and refilled and then only a year later for the same thing to happen again! The tooth appears to be dead. Swilling ice cold water around my mouth does nothing... in fact it stings my inner cheeks more than the tooth!

In my recent experience I actually had to ask if it had been pulled yet, so no. The anesthetic jag hurt more.

Mine healed quickly but best to have painkillers handy for when anesthetic wears off.

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Good to know! I have quite a high pain threshold and the needle is nothing, so if that is the worse thing then bonus! It's a top tooth, and I heard sometimes dentists can't pull these out easily?

I guess it's different for different people, but for me the numbing injections are a walk in the park, I hardly felt anything and then they leave you to go numb for 5 minutes or so.
Then they begin putting pressure on the tooth, you'll feel lots of hard pushing down and hear crunching- it's not really painful but it's not a pleasant sensation. Then they'll twist the tooth out. Hopefully as you don't have much left, plus you aren't feeling much, will probably mean it's very quick for you.
That process took about 1-2 minutes! Afterwards you can taste a bit of blood, but the relief of it being over with is immense. Just take some painkillers while you're still numb and you'll forget it ever happened by the next day! It heals VERY quickly, you do salt water rinses a couple of times a day. You will not miss the tooth either... occasionally a nut might get stuck in the gap though, hehe.
It is really worth it, I'm so happy to not have toothache! Unfortunately for me, the day after I got an ear infection

The dentist you get is random I think... This is the number I was given when I told them I couldn't get in at the normal dentist: 03456 059999- it's like a referral number, you tell them about your horrible pain and they get someone from your local area to call you back with an emergency appointment. I thought the efficiency of the service was brilliant, I was in the same day.
I think that's my logic, too. I am sick of having to get it repaired all the time. I would love to save it, but if it's going to constantly give me problems in the future, there's no point, especially since I probably won't miss it anyway! I tend to chew on the other side of my mouth, too.

In Manchester I think the referral scheme is different. They have outsourced a different company - outside of the NHS - to work on the emergency side of things, so you have to ring them, who will then decide if you need the appointment.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:13
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sorry to dig an old thread, do you know how many extractions you can have done on the NHS middle band which is currently 48 I think.

I have an appointment booked for 3 wisdom teeth extractions. Will that be 48 per tooth or for all 3?
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:21
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sorry to dig an old thread, do you know how many extractions you can have done on the NHS middle band which is currently 48 I think.

I have an appointment booked for 3 wisdom teeth extractions. Will that be 48 per tooth or for all 3?
Should be same price for all three if it's done at your dentist on the same course of treatment.

If you've been referred to a hospital, I believe there is no charge.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:25
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i recently paid 30 for an extraction and root canal - i think they got it wrong! this was in Cheshire
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Old 01-05-2012, 13:23
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i recently paid 30 for an extraction and root canal - i think they got it wrong! this was in Cheshire
Had you already paid a fee of 17 quid or so for your examination? If so, the balance of 47 or so would have been the thirty quid payment you made.
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Old 01-05-2012, 14:13
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I have a tooth where the filling keeps falling out. I had a temporary filling in it when I went to an emergency dentist because it was too painful. The tooth is now in need of, apparently, root canal treatment after another filling came loose.

I'm getting a little bit tired of having to get it refilled all the time. The dentist at the emergency place said extraction might be the best option. It's my last molar before the wisdom tooth so I think I could live without it. All of my other teeth are fine.

So, what does it cost on the NHS?

The reason I ask is because there's so much online with different prices I'm lost.
What does your local dentist charge, have you asked him/her?
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Old 01-05-2012, 15:15
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The prices are or at least should be on the wall of the dental offices by the receptionist, there are 3 price ranges, it also depends on if you are paying full price or if on benefits, receptionist always ask as you get a form to fill out and sign.
I used to be called every 6 months for check up, it has been reduced to once per year.
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