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kingdragonfly

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#311186 21-Dec-2023 15:29
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So 2023 was not a great year for me. I had a lot of unexpected large bills, which forced me to temporarily dip into my credit card to tide me over.

I managed to get my finances back under control...

However I went to the dentist yesterday, for a tooth cleaning. I mentioned I had a pimple on my gums, and some numbness.

They booked me an emergency dental appointment.

Today, near the end of the year, I returned. Winds up my tooth nerve had died, for reasons unknown.

I need a root canal treatment that'll cost around $2,800 all told.

The tooth's root canal contains the dental pulp which consists of nerves and blood vessels.

What a lousy ending to a lousy year.

Was your year miserable? Misery loves company.


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  #3174098 21-Dec-2023 16:14
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I ended up at the dentists yesterday and was in the chair less than 15 minutes $350 later


 
 
 

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  #3174099 21-Dec-2023 16:14
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That's Nothing


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  #3174104 21-Dec-2023 16:25
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Sorry to hear that. Problem with root canals is sometimes they don’t work, they don’t guarantee them and you’ll be hit with another $400 to remove the tooth. If it’s a big problem have the tooth out and get a new tooth attached with a bridge if it’s in a spot where it’s possible.

What you call a pimple is likely an abscess. Hard to cure. I’ve had a couple and ended up getting the tooth out. Sometimes it’s not worth holding on to a bad tooth and trying to fix it throwing good money after bad.

My health deteriorated because of it and I felt infinitely better after the extraction. I had unexplained post nasal drip and heart palpitations, trouble breathing and all that inflammation disappeared when the tooth was out. Didn’t even miss it since it was a back tooth. Takes a few minutes, no pain since there’s not much holding them when abscessed and the relief is felt by the next day. In the meantime make sure you use those tiny brushes in between teeth after each meal and I used to swish with a capful of whisky. That helped take down the inflammation enough to buy time, but it never really goes away.

I hope this sorts out for you soon and doesn’t spoil your holiday time. I know it’s awful to deal with, but remember this is a fixable problem.










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  #3174142 21-Dec-2023 18:38
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You know it's bad when the dentist gives you his cell phone number.

Anyhoo, this year wasn't great, but hey there's (knock on wood) always next year :)

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  #3174143 21-Dec-2023 18:43
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As the saying goes, what goes down must go up... 





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  #3174165 21-Dec-2023 20:24
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i have had to have teeth removed this year but at least my dentist is affordable and really nice, she charges $35 per tooth and if i have any pain after i ring and she prescribes pain relief emailing it to my chemist who for some reason doesn't charge anything to fill the script. I didnt realise this wasnt normal.





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  #3174167 21-Dec-2023 20:30
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vexxxboy:

 

. . .  chemist who for some reason doesn't charge anything to fill the script. I didnt realise this wasnt normal.

 

 

It is normal. Prescriptions are currently free for everyone, although the current govt has vowed to cancel this.




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  #3174183 21-Dec-2023 23:12
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Eva888: 
What you call a pimple is likely an abscess. Hard to cure. I’ve had a couple and ended up getting the tooth out. Sometimes it’s not worth holding on to a bad tooth and trying to fix it throwing good money after bad.

 

Tooth abscesses used to be a big killer, and still can be if you do not get them fixed properly. They are a big reason that dentistry is often credited as the best health intervention ever introduced. When I was very young, I had an abscessed milk tooth and I was very sick for a week until they figured out what the problem was. The next day after the tooth was pulled, I was fine again.


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  #3174186 22-Dec-2023 00:40
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farcus:

 

vexxxboy:

 

. . .  chemist who for some reason doesn't charge anything to fill the script. I didnt realise this wasnt normal.

 

 

It is normal. Prescriptions are currently free for everyone, although the current govt has vowed to cancel this.

 

 

Not normal "From 1 July 2023 you will no longer have to pay the $5 prescription charge on most subsidised medication. However, if your prescription is from a non-publicly funded prescriber such as a dentist or a private specialist there will still be a $15 co-payment."

 

I have to take an antibiotic before getting dental work. I've trained the dentist to prescribe the capsules 30 at a time rather than 4 per visit as it's still $15.


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  #3174255 22-Dec-2023 08:19
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I ended up at the dentists yesterday and was in the chair less than 15 minutes $350 later

 

 

Don't complain now. 300NZ$ are already spent on the friendly welcome. 😆





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  #3174266 22-Dec-2023 08:50
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kingdragonfly: (annus horribilis)

 

 

Me too, after that vindaloo and six cans of Tennents Super last night.

 

 

 

(Edit to add:  This post is in no way meant to play down Kingdragonfly's OP.   They've had a rough year.  I acknowledge that and I sympathise.  It's just a bit of light, even if puerile, humour and I'm pleased to have received a +1 from them.)





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  #3174413 22-Dec-2023 09:20
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On the subject of dentistry, I had a root canal and it went exactly as it was supposed to, over in a half-hour and relieving my pain issue with no other consequences. It went so smoothly the dentist even gave me a discount. I mention this because anecdotal accounts of individual experiences can create false impressions. Some people may have better (or worse) experiences than others. That fact alone doesn't mean anything.

 

 





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  #3174418 22-Dec-2023 09:37
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can you get Tennents Super over here?





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  #3174449 22-Dec-2023 10:35
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Sorry to hear of the dental issues. I haven't been for a dental checkup for probably 10 years, mainly out of fear of what the bill might be. I feel like I take good care with brushing, mouth wash and flossing every day and don't have issues I'm worried about. But still fear being told I need thousands of dollars of treatment and then the feeling of being judged when I say won't be able to afford it so can't do it. While there's nothing causing me any problems I'm just assuming it's all fine. 


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  #3174455 22-Dec-2023 10:45
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kingdragonfly: You know it's bad when the dentist gives you his cell phone number.

Anyhoo, this year wasn't great, but hey there's (knock on wood) always next year :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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