As you may remember, I managed to break a pre-molar on the morning of my final exam on the 10th May- curses upon the seeds in delicious seedy breads!
(You would think I would have learned my lesson, really, wouldn't you? Eleven years ago I was obliged to have a molar extracted as a similar thing happened, but I developed an abcess below it, and there was only a 20% chance of it surviving even with extensive root canal work, and we were due to go away for three weeks etc etc, so out it came.)
Anyway, I visited the dentist last Wednesday on an emergency appointment - it wasn't hurting, so I didn't need a same day appointment or anything dramatic. I explained what had happenened, she had a look and said she could simply build it up with white filling, as there was an existing white filling adjacent to where the side of the tooth had broken away.
I said "great", she said it would have to be private, I said "fine". When she got out the anaesthetic, I reminded her I was a coward and needed enough for an elephant. She laughed, and said I'd had extensive root canal work a couple of years ago and survived it; I pointed out that I only survived it because she gave me enough for the elephant. She smiled, and injected for about a minute - I was starting to feel numb before she removed the needle - it's great when they actually listen to their patients, isn't it? She got on with drilling, packing and setting under UV light, and in less than half an hour I was outside again. Numb, but happy.
The cost, I hear you ask? A bargain at £70. And I really, really, really, felt no pain. I have an excellent dentist, it may take me half an hour or so to drive to Southport, but whilst she remains in the practice, I'll continue to make the journey:-)