Yesterday I had a back tooth extracted which exposed me to dental charges. I have had toothache for the past three months which has only been controlled by cocodomol. During this time I have had to pay for every appointment while my dentist extracted as much as he possibly could from my bank account. He wanted me to pay over £500 for root canal filling but the second opinion I sought from a dentist at a local hospital ensured me that root canal filling was not an allcure.
So eventually after this extraordinary time frame I was introduced to the 'expert' who was qualified to take the tooth out. You see the dentist who had delayed this 'operation' did not trust himself sufficiently to extract the tooth. The expert was brilliant! I was in the chair for minutes even though my teeth have a history of difficult extractions. She wiggled this bloody tooth pressed firmly and it was gone. I was really impressed because in the past I have had to suffer such drastic extractions that in 1976 I had four stitches in my gum at 4am at the local hospital because the bleeding would not stop.
So am I a happy customer? I am not because when I arrived at my local dentist (the guy who has been regularly extracting money from my bank account without guaranteeing results) wanted me to make an appointment so that he could check that the extraction was now sound! Everybody in the world knows that teeth heal very quickly. Already within 24 hours my gum is healing so this guy is ripping me off.
So am I happy? Only if you think that £175 is a fair price for the relief of toothache! Yes folks we are now prisoners of the dental industry because they know that we will probably pay almost anything to relieve the pain. It took possibly two minutes to extract my tooth and she was paid £175!! Think on because we all pay for NHS treatment and for most of us it is now not available. Another success for the NoLab government which supposedly represents the working class. Yeah right!