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Dentist shortage leads man to superglue own tooth (Oh the joys of socialized medicine)
Daily Mail UK ^ | 13 November 2006 | Staff

Posted on 11/13/2006 11:10:29 AM PST by qam1

A man fixed his front tooth with superglue after failing to find an NHS dentist.

Gordon Cook, 55, has used the bizarre "DIY dentistry" technique on a loose crown for the last three years - with each fresh application of glue lasting around two months.

The father of seven, who was erased from his original dentist's register after moving to a new home in Tranmere, Merseyside, said he turned to glue after losing hope of finding a dentist. He said: "I tried to find a new dentist but they had all gone private.

"A lot of them said they would take me on as an NHS patient, but only if I agreed to have the loose crown fixed as a private patient, which would cost around £100.

"In the end, I just decided to take matters into my own hands. I had read somewhere that super glue was invented for medical use, to bond skin, so I gave it a go.

"I tried a few different brands but the one I use now, which is just called Industrial Super Glue, is the best.

"You can't really taste it but you do have to be careful not to use too much, in case you glue your mouth shut."

Mr Cook, a security manager, has now found an NHS dentist and hopes to have the crown fixed professionally.

Councillor Chris Blakeley, chairman of Wirral Council's social care and health overview and scrutiny committee, said: "Mr Cook's solution was rather extreme but he is not alone when it comes to dentistry horror stories.

"People are finding it extremely difficult to find an NHS dentist, and we are currently gathering evidence to assess the scale of the problem, which is not unique to this area."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: socializedmedicine; superglue

1 posted on 11/13/2006 11:10:36 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1

Superglue?

What? Did he run out of duct tape?


2 posted on 11/13/2006 11:12:30 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: qam1

HillaryCare!


3 posted on 11/13/2006 11:12:51 AM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: theDentist

ahem...ping!


4 posted on 11/13/2006 11:14:29 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: theDentist

Paging ...


5 posted on 11/13/2006 11:15:49 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: qam1

My friend had a Polish nanny for the summer of 1990. She was at the dentist every other week. I asked her why. She said, "it's great over here. You have Novacaine."


6 posted on 11/13/2006 11:15:59 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: qam1
"I tried a few different brands but the one I use now, which is just called Industrial Super Glue, is the best.

Industrial Super Glue: It's the Sam Adams of Super Glues, don't you know...

7 posted on 11/13/2006 11:16:23 AM PST by jdm
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To: qam1

Doesn't sound like "he joys of socialized medicine", sounds more like he finds a series prollem with it.


8 posted on 11/13/2006 11:16:46 AM PST by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SmithL

I think the duct tape is only for use on broken limbs.


9 posted on 11/13/2006 11:17:20 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: qam1; theDentist

Comments?......


10 posted on 11/13/2006 11:17:39 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: qam1
"People are finding it extremely difficult to find an NHS dentist, and we are currently gathering evidence to assess the scale of the problem, which is not unique to this area."

Yeah, just the countries in Europe with electricity have this problem, thank goodness.

11 posted on 11/13/2006 11:18:07 AM PST by jdm
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To: Mr. Brightside
"I tried to find a new dentist but they had all gone private.

IOW, he was too CHEAP to go pay for it hisself!........

12 posted on 11/13/2006 11:18:56 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Froufrou

British people have dentists? I didn't think they had teeth!.....


13 posted on 11/13/2006 11:20:08 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: qam1

bookmark for later printing.


14 posted on 11/13/2006 11:20:21 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: azhenfud

I feel his pain. I went to the dentist with a terrible toothache, they gave me fillings on the other teeth but couldn't fix the problem tooth because Medi-Cal takes 6 weeks to approve a root canal. So I left the office in more pain than I arrived and agonized for a month and a half. And this was only a tooth!


15 posted on 11/13/2006 11:20:41 AM PST by Ieatfrijoles
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To: SmithL
If if was HillaryCare, the man would be arrested for self-medicating without prior governmental approval. Then, he would be prosecuted for failing to register his false medical specialty (HillaryCare form 2736-CF, "Care Fabrication application").
16 posted on 11/13/2006 11:21:15 AM PST by COBOL2Java ("No stronger retrograde force exists in the world" - Winston Churchill on Islam)
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To: Red Badger

Bwahahaha...oh, behave....rowr...


17 posted on 11/13/2006 11:23:25 AM PST by Froufrou
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To: qam1
He would probably have better luck with porcelain cement.
18 posted on 11/13/2006 11:25:05 AM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jonathan Swift When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in)
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To: qam1

What an idiot. I've found that solder works better and lasts longer.


19 posted on 11/13/2006 11:31:17 AM PST by pabianice
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To: qam1

I did the same thing recently, While camping with the Boy scouts I broke my crown, Rather than cut short the trip "a little dab will do ya"! Sometimes you need to improvise.

Back home my Dentist thought I was nuts.


20 posted on 11/13/2006 11:31:27 AM PST by lonerepubinma
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To: Mr. Brightside
Superglue? What? Did he run out of duct tape?

Don't laugh - it worked for me. I had a crown put in a few years ago. The first one I swallowed in my sleep, the second one came off a few weeks later and I swallowed the third one while eating dinner.

My dentist told me that she had just read an article that said that certain individuals have an enzyme in their saliva that appears to dissolve the glue that dentists used. She felt that's what was happening to my crowns.

I jokingly said, " Why don't you use Superglue?"

She answered, "That's exactly what I'm going to use."

That crown has been in for 5 years now with no problems.

21 posted on 11/13/2006 11:32:25 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Ieatfrijoles

Why didn't you have the root canal and pay for it yourself? Money is only worth so much.


22 posted on 11/13/2006 11:34:36 AM PST by em2vn
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To: em2vn

I didn't have $1200 on hand. I apologize.


23 posted on 11/13/2006 11:35:50 AM PST by Ieatfrijoles
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To: qam1

I'm not sure it's so much socialism as it is just that the government restricts the licensing of dentists. We have the same problem here, although more in the case of physicians than dentists. Of course, the government does license dentists here, but the efforts to keep their numbers down have not been as aggressive as with the case of physicians.


24 posted on 11/13/2006 11:40:30 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: qam1

He's too cheap to drop $190 on teeth?

I have full coverage and had to spend $400 for a crown.

That said, cyanoactrylate adhesives (Superglue) are real good for bonding skin. I use it for minor cuts and scrapes.

I think if he stopped off at the local petrol depot and stuffed the air compressor in his mouth to use the air to dry off the gum, he would have gotten much better long term results.


25 posted on 11/13/2006 11:42:30 AM PST by cyclotic (Support Cub Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Ieatfrijoles; em2vn
Socialized medicare is like an addiction. Once you've got it, you're taxed so heavily to support it that you can't afford any alternatives. (I could expand this -- but the Internet doesn't have enough space for the complete story.)
26 posted on 11/13/2006 11:44:34 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: qam1

ROFLOL. I went to the dentist after losing a cap, and he charged me $90 for re-seating it with glue. His fix lasted 90 days and he wanted another $90. I cleaned the cap and used Super Glue, and my first fix lasted 6 months. The last time I was in Volgograd, Russia, and when it came out my wife suggested we go to her dentist. His office was comparable to an American dentist in the eighties. He cleaned the cap, glued it, and charged me 20 Rubles. That translates into approximately 70 cents.


27 posted on 11/13/2006 11:46:32 AM PST by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: qam1
The Simpsons are always touting "The Big Book of British Smiles."


28 posted on 11/13/2006 11:47:06 AM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: COBOL2Java

LOL...good one!


29 posted on 11/13/2006 11:50:18 AM PST by LegalEagle61 (Lets sit back and watch the DEMS implode!)
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To: qam1
Ahhh... music to my ears.

Reminds me of when I was younger and working in a hardware store. Someone came in and was buying a variety of plumbing tols and parts. He described the new plumbing in his house he was going to do. I remember the plumber parts manager telling him that he may want to have a plumber come in and do it. Costly, but it'd be done right. "No thanks." Wasn't more than 2 days later when a local plumber came in. Sure enough, Mr Fixit had done it wrong and caused a major leak that ruined the plumbing, woodwork, carpets, and more.

The damage to later repair is insuring that one of my brethren in the UK can put down a good downpayment on a Jaguar.

30 posted on 11/13/2006 11:51:20 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Ieatfrijoles

I have been in the same position. Getting rid of the pain is worth anything. Dentist will work with a patient to make it possible to get the root canal done or they will drill a hole in the tooth to releave the pain caused by an abcess.


31 posted on 11/13/2006 11:52:22 AM PST by em2vn
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To: qam1

Heck, I was doing that about 10 years ago when one of my crowns kept falling out.

They didn't write a story about me!

(sigh)


32 posted on 11/13/2006 11:56:02 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: em2vn

The dentists told me they couldn't even touch the bad tooth until they had government approval. But my only point was that socialized medicine will leave people to wait for 6 weeks to 6 months for procedures that are far more important than teeth. I didn't mean to come across as a crybaby.


33 posted on 11/13/2006 11:56:33 AM PST by Ieatfrijoles
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To: qam1

I saw a guy pull his own tooth with a pair of pliers, but I have never had any desire to try it myself.


34 posted on 11/13/2006 12:00:49 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Red Badger
IOW, he was too CHEAP to go pay for it hisself!........

When the government takes half your paycheck, a little "thrift" is necessary.

35 posted on 11/13/2006 12:00:55 PM PST by Young Scholar
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To: FormerACLUmember

LOL!


36 posted on 11/13/2006 12:00:59 PM PST by jdm
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To: Mr. Brightside

I thought that TOOTH paste would work


37 posted on 11/13/2006 12:01:14 PM PST by Exton1
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To: Froufrou
Hi Froufrou-

Duct tape works great on "hotspots" in hiking boots to prevent blisters. Just place a 4" strip sticky-side-up on a table. Place another smaller strip sticky-side-down on top. Place this shiny side against the blister that might be forming on your foot to give needed relief from rubbing. It works like a charm, is inexpensive, available anywhere, and the duct tape glue is very durable.

~ Blue Jays ~

38 posted on 11/13/2006 12:02:09 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Blue Jays

Thank you! I'd never have thought of duct tape for blister control! Well done!


39 posted on 11/13/2006 12:05:38 PM PST by Froufrou
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To: Froufrou

"I think the duct tape is only for use on broken limbs."

Puncture wounds, too.

(This works, BTW)


40 posted on 11/13/2006 12:06:05 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: qam1

I thought superglue wasn't very good in a moist environment.


41 posted on 11/13/2006 12:07:05 PM PST by Retired Chemist
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To: Red Badger
"IOW, he was too CHEAP to go pay for it hisself!........"

Or perhaps he is being taxed so heavily to pay for "free health care" that he can't afford to pay for it himself. This is our future if Hillary gets her way.

carolyn

42 posted on 11/13/2006 12:07:42 PM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: lonerepubinma
I did the same thing recently, While camping with the Boy scouts I broke my crown, Rather than cut short the trip "a little dab will do ya"! Sometimes you need to improvise.

Back home my Dentist thought I was nuts.

Clean and dry the joint surfaces well, use a proper amount, then coat the joint with olive oil to exclude air and to guarantee a full anaerobic cure, and the bond can last a year.

My dentist admired the job.

43 posted on 11/13/2006 12:14:12 PM PST by Gorzaloon ("Illegal Immigrant": The Larval form of A Democrat.)
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To: Tokra
I had a crown put in a few years ago. The first one I swallowed in my sleep, ...

Couldn't recover it at the other end? ;-)

44 posted on 11/13/2006 12:38:27 PM PST by glorgau
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To: qam1

One of my tree workers had a tooth that was bothering him a couple weeks ago. He pulled it out himself with a pair of pliers. That's one Maine lumberjack I wouldn't like to have to mess with.


45 posted on 11/13/2006 12:39:02 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Do what you love and the ridicule will follow.)
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To: qam1

You get what YOU pay for. It is his own fault the did not want to spend about 100 dollars which I think is cheap. I have no sympathy for him. Good grief.


46 posted on 11/13/2006 1:21:13 PM PST by therut
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To: glorgau
I had a crown put in a few years ago. The first one I swallowed in my sleep, ... Couldn't recover it at the other end? ;-)

....maybe if I didn't have dental insurance....

I did retrieve the quarter that I swallowed when I was 8 years old - that was a lot of money to me at the time.

47 posted on 11/14/2006 6:06:21 AM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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