Thanks for the advice Corricatt
The tooth that is hurting was chipped over 12 years ago and I had both front teeth crowned as the other one was crooked (which is why it had a post rather than a normal crown) and it seemed a good idea at the time. I had no trouble with the one that hurts now until last year when it seemed to have become sensitive to pressure. Suddenly, I had to have the other one extracted because they said that was what was causing the problem?????
The trouble with Britain is that there is a two tier dental service. The dentist that did the prep and put the bridge in was a national health service dentist(NHS). On her advice I paid extra for a private lab to make the bridge, because she said I would not be happy with the aesthetics of an NHS one. So the bridge is not covered by the NHS - clear as mud I know
The dentist who was treating me has left the practice because her contract was up, and because they haven't replaced her yet, I am having to see one of the senior partners who normally only sees his own private, ie paying in full for everything, patients. Since I am an NHS patient - still have to pay, just part subsidised by the govt', I don't think he is that bothered. Also because I'm NHS I can't get automatic access to my records, and if the dentist wants to he can just chuck me off his register of NHS patients. I don't want that to happen because there are only a handful of dentists willing to see NHS patients in the whole country - its a political thing. We don't seem to have endodontist that you can just go and see, we have to be refferred by our own dentist - catch 22