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    Cheap dentistry in Auckland

    I bust another tooth today, must be number six I think, I have lost count.

    Does anyone know any options for really cheap dentistry in Auckland? Like as in REALLY REALLY cheap - my existing dentist is fairly cheap, but is still measured in the hundreds of dollars for most things, and would be thousands for the work that I need done. And besides, all of my fillings that are falling out were put in by him in the first place, might be time to shop around.

    Or is my best option to find a cheap source of bulk paracetamol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman View Post
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    I bust another tooth today, must be number six I think, I have lost count.

    Does anyone know any options for really cheap dentistry in Auckland? Like as in REALLY REALLY cheap - my existing dentist is fairly cheap, but is still measured in the hundreds of dollars for most things, and would be thousands for the work that I need done. And besides, all of my fillings that are falling out were put in by him in the first place, might be time to shop around.

    Or is my best option to find a cheap source of bulk paracetamol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by enigma51 View Post
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    Got a hammer, or got hammered?

    Tried that, it doesn't work, long term
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    ive been told going overseas is a good option for dentistry. Fiji apparently has good dentists that wont ask for a house as deposit. I suggest get as much money together as possible and go there to get all your work sorted in one hit.
    That, or look to lower socio economic areas of Daukland/ rest of NZ for dentists that expect you to be a beneficiary.
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    If you need extensive work - consider a "Dental Holiday" - either Thailand ( www.gracedentalclinic.com ) or India (Goa www.goadentallounge.com )

    Don't laugh!

    As I am based in the Middle East presently, I have holidayed in both these spots and taken advantage of their world class dentistry and great rates, eg, a top quality porcelain veneer was made and fitted in beautiful Goa for $NZ274 - add a grand in NZ, do the numbers. If you have plenty of work to be done, you save $$$ and get a free holiday.

    Years ago I heard Dental Holidays to Fiji were viable also....
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    Fark, what a cool idea. Dentists in NZ are a rip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudfart View Post
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    I suggest get as much money together as possible
    Wouldn't be a bad option if I actually had more income than outgo every month, makes getting money together a bit tricky.

    Thanks for the advice guys, but perhaps I didn't put in enough REALLY REALLY's in the original. If I could afford the overseas holiday I might be able to make a start on the dentistry. I'm more than a bit skint at the minute, so have to look for options closer to home. Will try parts of Souf Orkland and see what I can find.

    Or just go for the bulk paracetamol...
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    My dad had a fair bit of work done on his teeth in Taiwan recently. He said it was dirt cheap and the dentist was very good. A modern, clean environment and he's never been happier seeing a dentist. Next week I've got a fairly painful dental appointment; 4 fillings to do and 1 chipped tooth. I better take a decent dose of codeine before I go.

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    Go to hospital and get it pulled for 50 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzinowt View Post
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    Go to hospital and get it pulled for 50 bucks.
    Is that any hospital, or only specific ones? I tried to call the North Shore Hospital but they said they didn't do dentistry, try Greenlane. They keep cutting me off when they transfer the call to the "correct department" (tried at least 5 times, gave up). Have you used the hospital service yourself?
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    No actually I am not one hundred percent sure but I have heard from more then one source that you can get it done at Middlemore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainman View Post
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    Is that any hospital, or only specific ones? I tried to call the North Shore Hospital but they said they didn't do dentistry, try Greenlane. They keep cutting me off when they transfer the call to the "correct department" (tried at least 5 times, gave up). Have you used the hospital service yourself?
    Our local Guy in Waihi is $200 per tooth and absolutly pain free - I would totally recommend him- he sorted my mouth for $600 and I was previously quoted $5000!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cave weta View Post
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    Our local Guy in Waihi is $200 per tooth and absolutly pain free - I would totally recommend him- he sorted my mouth for $600 and I was previously quoted $5000!!
    Thanks, but at $200 a tooth I'm in for at least a grand or so, so not going to happen just at the moment. My existing dentist is about the same rate, and tends to use fillings instead of root canals where possible, to be even cheaper. This is false economy long term but does patch things up in the short term.

    I was kinda looking for a cheapo cheapo student dentistry thing but outside of Otago there doesn't seem to be one. And the hospitals only do acute pain relief, so that probably won't include me. (I have a permanent headache and frequent gum infections but no acute toothache as most of my nerves have already been removed).

    Maybe I should just pull the damn things out, if I can find a dentist who will do that, and accept payment on the never-never. Or take up boxing.
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    Apparently Greenlane hospital have a dental unit.
    There are only 20 appointments a day and you need to be there really early to get one. I believe that some people get there at 5am to queue - however it seems to be a fraction of the cost of a dentist so may be well worth the effort. This is all secondhand so not sure where exactly at Greenlane the unit is - but I guess if you wen to the main reception area of the clinic they would point you in the right direction.good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucyloo View Post
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    Apparently Greenlane hospital have a dental unit.
    Ta, called them this morning. Apparently they only do acute inflamed pain on a triage basis (and then only extractions), so if there are 20 people ahead of me with swollen faces and claiming lots of pain I'll never be seen. But I'm more than welcome to pay the parking fee and sit in their waiting room all day.
    Apparently I can (maybe) get my doctor to refer me though - would then take a few (6) months but might eventually work, person I spoke to wasn't sure. Looks like it's paracetamol for the moment... unless the gubbermint makes them illegal or something.

    Thanks for all the advice. Conclusion: Maybe I should have moved to a country with decent dental services (public or private).
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