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  1. Lisa
    July 1, 2014

    Oh dear! Well if it’s any consolation, most UK peeps end up with a private dentist because often to even get on the registrar of one who does NHS work takes six months & even then you still have to pay, although most treatment is generally discounted. Great blog BTW- keep up the good work!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      July 2, 2014

      No wonder Brits have those rumors about bad teeth!

      Thanks for the compliment!

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  2. Calli
    June 6, 2014

    Oh the tales of a traveler – these are the things no one thinks about when they dream about sustained travel. It sounds like quite the ordeal, although luckily now taken care of. Glad to hear you are on the mend 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 9, 2014

      Definitely one of the things that proves long-term travel is not the same as holiday travel. 😀

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  3. Nick
    June 6, 2014

    That price doesn’t seem too bad or maybe Australia is just expensive. Who am I kidding? Australia IS expensive. I was cringing through the whole post at the thought of having my wisdom teeth removed a few years ago, glad to hear you didn’t experience too much pain!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 9, 2014

      Interestingly enough, having a tooth extraction in the UK was more expensive than my 7-plus-hour ER visit in Australia.

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  4. Linda
    June 5, 2014

    I had exactly the same thing when visiting UK once, and even being British didn’t help, since I’m not resident there. Trouble was it was over a weekend, and I had to dope myself up as best I could until Monday, when I found a dentist who managed to squeeze me in. That was a few years back now, and my dad tells me it has gotten far worse. Where he lives there are no NHS dentists, they are all private practise. That may not sound so strange to an American, but it certainly isn’t the low cost dental health care I grew up with, and I shudder to think how the unemployed manage.

    At least when it happened to me again in Spain this time I was able to get a shot in the ER free, which tided me over until I could see the dentist the following day. After the extraction this dentist put in a bridge, which ….. coincidentally, came out just a couple of weeks back when I was on another island. I spotted a dentist on the main street of the small town I was in, and explained my problem, they said “No worries. If I could wait about 20 minutes the dentist would see me.” They had a kind of ER, a dentist on standby just for emergencies. Within a half hour I was out of there, bridge replaced, in disbelief! $137 lighter mind you, for ten minutes to stick the thing back in!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 5, 2014

      A very steep price for simply cementing a bridge back in place! Yikes!

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  5. Mike (Nomadic Texan)
    June 5, 2014

    Talon had a similar issue with my back in Ecuador several years ago. I have had 5 surgeries on my back and I was out of pain meds. I finally (after starting withdrawals) had a friend get me to a hospital where he had connections. I saw the doctor and he wrote me a script. Problem solved right? Hell no! When I filled it at the hospital farmacia they charged me $10 a pill stating they don’t believe in this type of medicine. Really? What do people do, just suffer? I had to leave early as the quantity was only good enough to last a couple of weeks. Bummed, pissed and worn out I came home and saw my Doctor. Believe me I make sure now that I take what is needed with me if I am going through one of my pain cycles. I also research the availability of meds before I travel just in case. Sorry you didn’t handle in Asia and sorry you had such a hack. On the other side of the coin Ecuador has great dentists at very low costs. Safe travels and enjoy Mexico amigo.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 5, 2014

      That’s just crazy! Yeah, I should’ve handled it in SE Asia, or when I was back in Mexico, or even in Honduras which actually has really good dentists normally. Live and learn, right?

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  6. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    June 5, 2014

    Ouch! I feel your pain Talon, just READING about it. I too am less than keen on dentists, but glad you were able to get it taken care of (and btw, seems to me $232 for an extraction is a bargain compared to the States).

    As a side note – like you, I too had a sudden serious toothache – just DAYS before I was set to fly (one way) to Vietnam from Seattle 3 years ago. So I headed to the dentist, and… when they said a root canal would take A. a week, and B. even then would be iffy, I unhesitatingly replied: “Oh, just PULL the silly thing!” I mean, when it comes to travel, you just gotta do what you gotta do, yes? 😉

    P.S. btw, in Saigon (at a dentist clinic as nice/modern as any in Seattle), I also had a complete set of ex-rays done, plus a cleaning, plus a small porcelain filling for… $20 total (the ex-ray was – wait for it – a whole $1!)

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 5, 2014

      In the States, I had dental insurance so have no idea how much they normally charge. It seemed reasonable to me, though, considering the cost of things around here.

      Fabulous prices in Saigon!

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  7. santafetraveler
    June 5, 2014

    I guess more people go to dentists in the UK than pundits would have us believe- or there are way less dentists. I always think dental care in the USA is expensive- but that sounds like a lot unless it was actual dental surgery rather than a simple extraction. Hope you’re out of pain and on the mend.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      June 5, 2014

      There are lots of dentists, but many of them are private. If you’re on NHS, you get to have a long wait apparently. For low income people, it’s apparently free.

      Nope, this was just a simple extraction, although they did have to use a LOT of anesthetic. But it’s a private dentist, and I was a new patient being seen as an emergency, so I think it was reasonable considering the circumstances.

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