Do I fix my broken tooth for $1200 now or can I wait a month and fix it in Thailand?
December 12, 2011 12:02 PM Subscribe
Do get my broken back molar fixed now or 5 weeks later when I'm in Thailand? If now, where can I find an affordable dentist in NYC that is not NYU dental school?
posted by Viola to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I grind my teeth a lot, and last night when I was chewing gum a HUGE HUNK of my back left molar came out with it. It was totally freaky, but there is absolutely no pain in that area. It feels a tiny bit sensitive when I drink cold things, but nothing that qualifies as an emergency. I've been careful to brush it many times a day and to chew on the other side of my mouth.
This is a long shot, but I'm honeymooning in Thailand in early February. Since I'm trying to save all my money for the trip, and since Thailand has a great reputation as a cheap, reliable dental tourism spot, I'm tempted to do minimal treatments here, where it's super expensive and I have no dental insurance, and wait til I get to Bangkok. The process there is at least a thousand dollars cheaper. However, I worry this will take several trips to the dentist, and we're only going to be in Bangkok for 2-3 days in the beginning and maybe 1 more day at the end of the trip.
If I must do it here, I need to find a dentist who offers decent payment plans and reasonable costs. I've been grinding my teeth over money issues recently, as I've bought a new computer for my new grad school life, so money is tight.
The NYU dental school is a serious back up plan because I'd have to make at least 3 trips to the offices. I'm paid hourly, and taking off even an afternoon is really hard to swing, so I wind up losing money in both directions in these circumstances.