I had dental work done during radiotherapy, and to be honest I don't think to fair that's your dentist is holding off doing the work that could get you out of your pain. Infact, I had a tooth break on the morning of my surgery....so left it a couple of weeks as couldn't face the dentist and went mid radiotherapy. I asked my dentist about having X-rays and stuff during rt, and he said it was no problem as it was a very small targeted place he xrayed and he had no concerns with it at all. Saying that mine was a large filling needed only. RT is hard enough as it is, as is cancer treatment, without having to deal with dental pain as well. Did your dentist give his reasons for not undertaking work on this tooth....maybe he believes there might be mor complex problems, hence the need for full X-rays, and is concerned about starting it with It during such an active treatment process? I know that if you having rt on the head and neck area area dental work isn't advised, also during chemotherapy and after...due to a variety of things like infection possibility, low white cells and so on.
Could you negotiate with them something temporary . It sounds to me from what you are saying that this might not be a case of just a simple filling, and possibly root canal work ? Hard to get something temporary with root canal work needing doing, as certainly it requires an initial long appointment and a first long appointment. If your pain is severe then you can always get an emergency appointment, burn this won't be with your dentist more than likely, but an emergency on call dentist over the Christmas period.
I am sorry to hear about your toothache. I am sure some of our users will be along to share their experiences and show their support soon.
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