My poor tooth.
September 14, 2011 10:38 AM Subscribe
I'm in the second week of a three month road trip in Wyoming with an infected tooth. I'm on a shoe string budget and I can't afford the extraction. What can I do?
posted by chichimimizu to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I do have pretty alright insurance through work, but even after insurance the extraction would be way too expensive for me (a little over $300 - ugh). I can probably afford some prescriptions but I'm pretty far out of my plan's network (Massachusetts). I'll be back to work and earning income in December, but that's a ways off and I'm afraid this is going to get way worse.
I've got swollen lymph nodes (but no swollen anything else), a recurring headache that may or may not be related, and some mild pain in the tooth.
I was intending to have this taken care of before I left but the dentist I was seeing was incompetent to the point of being negligent and only made matters worse. Waaay worse.
As I said, I'm in Wyoming now, I'll be passing through Idaho, Montana, and Washington state before finally ending up in Vancouver, BC. I've tried investigating low cost dental treatment options in those areas but so far I've had no luck.
After reading about that guy who died from an infected tooth, I'm pretty paranoid that this is going to kill me so any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks!