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Post by moab » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:33 pm

Through a slew of errors I spent the last two months nursing an infected molar. While needing four root canals. The first of which I received yesterday. I spent the last four years with a crown missing. No pain until a few months ago. But I knew better. And never got it taken care of. Meanwhile the last two months have been hell.

Let me tell you. Your FIRST prep should be getting your teeth fixed. Because even with antibiotics and pain medication it is completely debilitating. The amount of pain caused by bad teeth will ruin you in a survival situation. Not to mention if you don't have the proper antibiotics it could cause a severe infection that could probably kill you.

Look into your local dental colleges. They usually offer services at reduced fees. I was going to do that at UCLA. But found that at least my first one was covered under insurance. And cheaper to have at my regular dentist. The rest I will either have done at UCLA or back home on the reservation. My family is Indian. So we get free healthcare on the reservation. Including teeth and glasses. But I live two states away right now. So there is a journey home sometime in the near future. At least to get my teeth fixed.

So do yourself a favor. Make sure you keep yourself fully update with healthcare in mind. So many illnesses can cause you to lose life without proper medical attention. Now is the time. Not after the worlds has fallen apart and no services are available.

Budget for it. Get your teeth fixed people.
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Post by JackBauer » Wed Mar 12, 2014 3:55 pm

Great post!
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While not as extensive as OP (good for you in finally adressing) I am working with my dentist to get ALL my corrective work done before it gets more serious.
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Post by gundogs » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:28 pm

You get free medical,dental & vision care? Wow! I've probably spent $150k on that for myself & family
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Post by Comanche » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:10 pm

I hear you. I just spent $1300 for a root canal and two crowns. You really do want healthy teeth when the SHTF.
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Post by moab » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:57 pm

gundogs wrote:You get free medical,dental & vision care? Wow! I've probably spent $150k on that for myself & family
over the years
It's only available on the reservation. Which is in Yakima WA. Even when I lived in Seattle it was quite a trek. But worth it for things like dental and glasses and prescriptions. Normally we just use our insurance and pay the rest out of pocket. But if I can get a free week set aside this summer. I'm going to stay in Yakima and get all three of the other root canal/crowns done. But my larger surgeries like artificial disc replacement and hemorrhoid surgery were all done in Socal on very expensive insurance (Like 2k a month insurance! And out of pocket was still a small fortune.). They don't have any specialist there on the res though. At least not for things like artificial disc replacement surgery.

As to my cost here in LA. It's sick. Close to 2k for one root canal and crown. My first one is covered by insurance at around $750 after everything is said and done. I can go to UCLA school of dentistry and get them done a little cheaper. But I really don't have the money. So I'll probably stay on the res back home for a week or so. And just write the travel off as a business expense.

Either way, however you need to get it done. Get it done. It's probably the most expensive prep there is. And the most important.
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Post by Dawgboy » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:48 pm

Washington dental in TiJuana MX. is very good and will do a root canal and gold crown for under $300.00 They will pick you up at the border too so no taxi BS. Perfect for LA folks...
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Post by Skull_Hide » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:16 pm

Dawgboy wrote:Washington dental in TiJuana MX. is very good and will do a root canal and gold crown for under $300.00 They will pick you up at the border too so no taxi BS. Perfect for LA folks...

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Post by Dawgboy » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:17 pm

I have several friends that have recently used them.
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Post by raistlin » Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:48 pm

Comanche wrote:I hear you. I just spent $1300 for a root canal and two crowns. You really do want healthy teeth when the SHTF.
I got two crowns in the last year. So glad they are done. And the dentist used the new cubic zirconium crowns, which is unbreakable and never wears. Probably still be perfect after my teeth fall out--whether from old age or out of my rotting skull :)
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Post by Toxoph » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:20 am

I just had a root canal. I'm fairly pain tolerant but prior to the canal, for 3 days, the pain would drop me to my knees. Nothing has been that painful, it affects everything you do. Agree with OP, get it taken cared of asap.
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Post by Gingerbread Man » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:48 am

WHAT?@?@?!?!! For $2000 I can get a cherry AR-15! Good dental care? Phhtttt....
Seriously, I think an out of pocket cleaning cost is $75-100. Open a dental fund and pay out of pocket. I have an HSA for such things.
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Post by 6shooter » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:40 pm

Finally got a job with health and dental coverage. Never had a cavity in my life, but it's been about 6 years since I last went to the dentist so I'm about due.
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Post by dallas » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:43 pm

raistlin wrote:
Comanche wrote:I hear you. I just spent $1300 for a root canal and two crowns. You really do want healthy teeth when the SHTF.
I got two crowns in the last year. So glad they are done. And the dentist used the new cubic zirconium crowns, which is unbreakable and never wears. Probably still be perfect after my teeth fall out--whether from old age or out of my rotting skull :)
I got hit in the jaw and broke a tooth a couple of years ago. It sheared off below the gum line. One friend is an ex dental professor. He put me a zirconium crown on it after another dentist friend did an experimental treatment on me to rebuilt enough dentin over the pulp cavity to save the tooth.

I know what you mean about pain. Sometimes I wanted to shot it out. I got lucky and did not need a root canal though.

All I paid was the lab cost. Those crowns are not cheap. The crown will shatter if hit hard or you bite something hard, but it looks good.

It upset me that I had gone all my life without even a cavity and a silly thing nearly cost me a tooth.

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Post by raistlin » Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:09 pm

dallas wrote: All I paid was the lab cost. Those crowns are not cheap. The crown will shatter if hit hard or you bite something hard, but it looks good.
The cubic zirconium are supposed to be pretty near unbreakable. Your teeth will probably break first. Tooth enamel ranks a 5 on Mohrs hardness scale. Diamonds are a 10, granite falls between 5 to 7, and CZ is an 8.5.

My dentist told me he saw a demo where they put a gold, porcelain, and CZ crown on a board and used a hammer on them. The gold bent (of course), the porcelain easily cracked and broke, and the CZ hammered into the board. LOL
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Post by MasterMaker » Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:54 pm

I would add Lasix(or similar) as the one other thing one should get taken care if one is severely nearsighted(if recognizing someones face further away than 5-6 yards is a problem then this means YOU).

Dependency upon glasses might not seem like a huge problem when the world is calm and in working order, but glasses get broken when things get less calm and not being able to see what the fuck is going on around you might be survivable in the short term, but chances are it will reduce your longevity in a long term survival situation(accidents/reduced ability to spot a problem etc.)
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Post by dallas » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:29 pm

raistlin wrote:
dallas wrote: All I paid was the lab cost. Those crowns are not cheap. The crown will shatter if hit hard or you bite something hard, but it looks good.
The cubic zirconium are supposed to be pretty near unbreakable. Your teeth will probably break first. Tooth enamel ranks a 5 on Mohrs hardness scale. Diamonds are a 10, granite falls between 5 to 7, and CZ is an 8.5.

My dentist told me he saw a demo where they put a gold, porcelain, and CZ crown on a board and used a hammer on them. The gold bent (of course), the porcelain easily cracked and broke, and the CZ hammered into the board. LOL
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Post by MrBadBoy » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:06 pm

Not trying to brag, but I have such good teeth that al the professionals who clean them or do the check up can't believe how great they are. Sometimes they even call someone else in to show them off. Makes me feel good, ya know. I tell them the same thing I'm going to tell you guys.

I do only the following and nothing more to prevent major dental problems.

1. I brush my teeth mid-day most days. Usually not too long after I eat. Plus is get's me off my A$$ for a bit and away from my desk.

2. I don't drink soda. If you put sugar in your mouth, it will eat away at your teeth for 30 minutes. Now imagine sipping on soda all day long... You're teeth are being eaten away all day. Not cool. I save soda drinking for when I go to the movies or to BBQ's, but that's it.

3. I don't drink coffee. I'm not much for being addicted to drugs. And meaning coffee is a drug that has hooked just about every one I know, I choose to pass. As it turns out, my dentist approves.

4. Lastly, I am a man of faith, so I pray that The Lord will give me healthy teeth. I know it sounds cheesy or stupid to some, but I do it and that's okay.

That's it. I'm sure no one will even try 2,3,and 4, but it seems pretty common sense and has worked for me for more than a few decades.

Well, I'm done now. Catch ya all later.

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Post by Dawgboy » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:07 am

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Post by wee drop o' bush » Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:17 am

moab wrote:Through a slew of errors I spent the last two months nursing an infected molar. While needing four root canals. The first of which I received yesterday. I spent the last four years with a crown missing. No pain until a few months ago. But I knew better. And never got it taken care of. Meanwhile the last two months have been hell.

Let me tell you. Your FIRST prep should be getting your teeth fixed. Because even with antibiotics and pain medication it is completely debilitating. The amount of pain caused by bad teeth will ruin you in a survival situation. Not to mention if you don't have the proper antibiotics it could cause a severe infection that could probably kill you.

Look into your local dental colleges. They usually offer services at reduced fees. I was going to do that at UCLA. But found that at least my first one was covered under insurance. And cheaper to have at my regular dentist. The rest I will either have done at UCLA or back home on the reservation. My family is Indian. So we get free healthcare on the reservation. Including teeth and glasses. But I live two states away right now. So there is a journey home sometime in the near future. At least to get my teeth fixed.

So do yourself a favor. Make sure you keep yourself fully update with healthcare in mind. So many illnesses can cause you to lose life without proper medical attention. Now is the time. Not after the worlds has fallen apart and no services are available.

Budget for it. Get your teeth fixed people.
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Post by dallas » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:48 am

MrBadBoy wrote:Not trying to brag, but I have such good teeth that al the professionals who clean them or do the check up can't believe how great they are. Sometimes they even call someone else in to show them off. Makes me feel good, ya know. I tell them the same thing I'm going to tell you guys.

I do only the following and nothing more to prevent major dental problems.

1. I brush my teeth mid-day most days. Usually not too long after I eat. Plus is get's me off my A$$ for a bit and away from my desk.

2. I don't drink soda. If you put sugar in your mouth, it will eat away at your teeth for 30 minutes. Now imagine sipping on soda all day long... You're teeth are being eaten away all day. Not cool. I save soda drinking for when I go to the movies or to BBQ's, but that's it.

3. I don't drink coffee. I'm not much for being addicted to drugs. And meaning coffee is a drug that has hooked just about every one I know, I choose to pass. As it turns out, my dentist approves.

4. Lastly, I am a man of faith, so I pray that The Lord will give me healthy teeth. I know it sounds cheesy or stupid to some, but I do it and that's okay.

That's it. I'm sure no one will even try 2,3,and 4, but it seems pretty common sense and has worked for me for more than a few decades.

Well, I'm done now. Catch ya all later.
I always took care of my teeth too. My dentist even said it was a waste of time to come in every 6 months. There was never anything to clean. An accident can change that in an instant. You go from perfect teeth to having a broken one.

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Post by Zombie309 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:12 am

MasterMaker wrote:I would add Lasix(or similar) as the one other thing one should get taken care if one is severely nearsighted(if recognizing someones face further away than 5-6 yards is a problem then this means YOU).

Dependency upon glasses might not seem like a huge problem when the world is calm and in working order, but glasses get broken when things get less calm and not being able to see what the fuck is going on around you might be survivable in the short term, but chances are it will reduce your longevity in a long term survival situation(accidents/reduced ability to spot a problem etc.)
Way with you on this, I'll be getting mine done next year. Don't want to scavenge for the right rx contacts/glasses if need be on top of everything else.
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Post by MSTA57 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:05 am

Yep you have that one right. As I'm really really glad there is a SHTF scenario at all right now, because today while eating a chocolate bar that contains peanuts I heard a crunch and though it was the peanut.
Afterwards I felt something sharp that I thought was between my teeth thinking it was piece of a peanut.

Uhhh nup ain't no peanut.

I have broken about a quarter of my right side first molar. The sharp part of the tooth is on the inside, so when I talk it cuts my tongue up. And as a lot of people know that when there's something wrong with a tooth it's like it has its own gravitational pull that lures your tongue to want to touch it all the time. Which in turn cuts my tongue more.

Of course I'll get a full check up once I see a dentist. And my wife will be getting a check up as well.

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Post by Zombie309 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:45 am

MSTA57 wrote:Yep you have that one right. As I'm really really glad there is a SHTF scenario at all right now, because today while eating a chocolate bar that contains peanuts I heard a crunch and though it was the peanut.
Afterwards I felt something sharp that I thought was between my teeth thinking it was piece of a peanut.

Uhhh nup ain't no peanut.

I have broken about a quarter of my right side first molar. The sharp part of the tooth is on the inside, so when I talk it cuts my tongue up. And as a lot of people know that when there's something wrong with a tooth it's like it has its own gravitational pull that lures your tongue to want to touch it all the time. Which in turn cuts my tongue more.

Of course I'll get a full check up once I see a dentist. And my wife will be getting a check up as well.
Sorry to hear that, busted teeth are the worst.
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