For the last 2 nights my tooth has been in sooooo much pain.So bad i went to a hospital in Puerto Madryn to have an injection (in my butt) haha to stop the pain.
However today i went to a dentist for a check up and she just hit my teeth with a metal instrument and then said yes that tooth needs to be pulled out.
No Xray or anything else.
Im heading to El Calafate tonight but thinking i may jump on a plane straight back to Buenos Aires to find a good dentist.
But how do you find one???????????
Or anywhere in Argentina for that matter.
If you head to BA - call the British or US Embassy. They will have a list of dentists and physicians in the area where they send their citizens. They may even be able to help with the payment situation. Someone in the Consular's office is required to have medical recommendations for citizens in need. (At least the US Embassy does so I'm sure the British Embassy will also.)
As far as your tooth - x-rays aren't always needed to tell if a tooth needs to be removed. The x-rays will confirm a diagnosis, but teeth are one of those weird body parts that have specific symptoms when they are not healthy. (On this one, you can trust me - I've had more than my share of dental problems.)
To test if a tooth's nerve is dying, place a piece of ice on that tooth. If the pain subsides - the tooth is in absolute need of a root canal or removal. If the pain increases (sorry), then the canal is most likely infected and can be treated with antibiotics. Once an infection has reached the core of the tooth - it damages the nerve enough that removal is still required. But, the antibiotics may extend the time you can hang onto that tooth and get through your travels.
If you have been taking any anti-malarials (which, from your previous posts does not seem likely), let the dentist know that. Especially if you have been taking doxycycline.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 22, 2007, at 10:32 AM by Isadora ]
You don't need to go to Buenos Aires, in every city there are good dentists, you just have to look for them in the right places. In the phone directory search "Colegio de Odontólogos", ask there for the best ones. It could be a little expensive, but a tooth is worth it. "Public" dentistry is not good, unfortunatelly, I agree.
If you don't get lucky, tell me exactly in what city you are and I'll look some names up for you.
Thanks Isa and Tonya.
Well ive got a flight booked back to Buenos Aires and i will be there tonight.
Means ive only had one day in El Calafate but i have lots of time and will come back here maybe in a week or 2 after the tooth is ok or no tooth if the take it out.
Just a shame i have to leave El Calafate and not see anything yet and cancel my time in Puerto Natales.It took me so long to book everything as its peak season and crazy here.
The joys of travelling
Tonya i was thinking of going to the British Hospital as i understand hospitals here in Argentina have dentists too?
The good thing is my insurance covers me for treatment of pain which it is so i can claim my money back later.