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Hi
I recently found out I have a dental post , I had no idea of this and it also appears to have been put in without my consent.
The tooth recently broke, I went to have root canal and they dentist was shocked to find the post...
Its a long story but I figured out that when i had work done on that tooth a long time ago by another dentist (who terrified me and I never went back to after completion of treatment) After seeing said dentist I started experiencing severe sinus problems and bad facial pain.
I went and had ct scans and saaw specialist who all somehow missed this dental post and told me I have trigeminal neuralgia.
For 8 years I have been dealing with this pain, trying to live a normal life, only to find out it has been caused by this dental post,
My current dentist said my sinus is low down and is being affected by the post, also it is not in straight...  
Now I need to have it extracted, I am on a long waiting list to be seen by the NHS oral surgeons (16 weeks) and I am really upset and worried.
I dont know what the right thing to do, what to expect and what sort of repercussions, could you help me by explaining what I could expect please?
thank you
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Jenny,

Wow, what a crazy story.

I am glad you were persistent in tracking down the probable cause for your pain.....even after all those other dentists missed it.

As part of this discovery, it shows how important it is, to not let any dentist, say they don't see anything....and then you just walk away from it.

Sometimes what works is to find a dentist who is also a board certified MD.....a medical doctor.  Perhaps an oral surgeon could be the right person in a case like this.

After going 8 years tracking down the cause, I would hate to see you wait 16 more weeks.  Call your oral surgeon's office and see if they have any cancellations.  You can also escalate your question to the office manager who may have more authority to tweak the schedule and squeeze you in.

Thanks for your question and I hope that the removal of the post provides you with the relief you need.

Regards,
Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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