DIY Dentistry

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  1. werewolf won

    werewolf won TANSTAAFL Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Well not quite but-
    Here’s a book for your “I hope I never need it but if the day ever comes it will be very nice to have it” end of the world book collection.

    It’s a highly detailed text book, that is almost understandable without a degree in dental science. I don’t know what edition they are up to these days but you get an earlier one for a song at most online book sellers, especially ones that deal with college text books. Mine is a fifth edition that cost me $8.00 with a sticker in it for $120.00 from a college book shop.

    The full title:

    Sturdevant’s Art and Science of Operative Dentistry. By Robertson, Heymann, and Swift

    Yes, your dentist is an artist—scary thought!
     
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    I've got an old ice skate-does that count?
     
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    Any port in a storm.
     
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    i pulled the last 7, gerber multi and some ambersol :dblthumb::dblthumb::dblthumb:
     
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    I had a cool discussion with a MD while helping to teach a class with a bunch of high speed dudes.
    We talked off to the side for a bit about ditch dentistry...

    Bottom line don't attempt it unless absolutely necessary.
    (Or you know what you are doing...)
    You can really screw someone up.

    Stop gap with Narcotics / Antibiotics and ship them out.

    He gave me a awesome tiered list of stuff to have.

    Most basic must have (From Memory)

    Dental Mirror
    Dental Pic (Generic Type from Drug Store)
    Head Lamp
    Toothbrush / Toothpaste / Floss
    Temporary Filling Material
    Tea or Clove Oil?
    Wooden / Plastic Picks
    Ambesol
    Dental Wax
    Temporary Filling Material
    Gauze
    #11 Scalpel (Only for lancing abscesses)
    OTC Pain Killers
     
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  7. werewolf won

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    That is sound advise dental problems can become very easily infected and those infections can cause very serious even fatal complications.
     
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    I never did mind going to the dentist. Regular cleanings and the like. I'd never consider self dentistry...EVER! Now being so much older, so far out and the good fortune of my teeth being in good shape I can see where I'd just pull one because it's such a PITA to get to a dentist. Having lots of scotch and vodka around helps.

    dave
     
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    Thanks @werewolf won . I just picked up a used copy for $5.57. It looks like a good one to add to the library.

    Clove Oil is probably best @Medic17 . Dentists use clove oil in temporary fillings to calm the nerve and help with the pain. You can even see how it works in The Marathon Man. Is it safe? Oregano oil (diluted) is a close #2. Tea tree oil is also good. It really depends on what you have available. Clove oil is good to keep on hand for just this type of thing.

    I think everybody should learn about Oil Pulling. When combined with clove/ oregano oil and some kind of pain killer, this technique can help buy you time until you get to a dentist. Like @Medic17 said, I wouldn't attempt anything in the field. Here is some information on the technique:

    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/my-infection-story.210944/#post-3590971

    It really is easy and I have used it on at least two occasions over long holiday weekends.

    Here is a freebie download courtesy of G-1:
    https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/resources/where-there-is-no-dentist-2010.25/


     
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    Don't forget the book Where there is No Dentist

    a companion book of Where there is No Doctor
     
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    I put the link for the free download from our resources section above. But it is always good to have a hardcopy of these kinds of books.

    Where There Is No Doctor is also there.
     
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    I am absolutely not advocating anyone do their own dental work if there is any other option. Last Thanksgiving my wife broke a crown, she went to the dentist the following Monday-fist day he was available after the holiday. She assumed he would just re glue it but the tooth it was attached to had developed new problems. So that tooth, which already had a root canal procedure and a crown done a few years before, had to be removed. A bone graft was required, a post installed, and finally a new false tooth installed. Almost a year later, three painful procedures, almost eight grand in bills and she still does not have the replacement tooth installed. A tooth that could also fail if the post or bone graft do not take properly. Dental problems are nothing to mess with.
     
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    Prevention is the first best dentistry, and that is "do it your self."
    If you have a history in your family of dental issues all the more reason to be diligent about your mouth ,and foods you consume.
    I do my own dental and only in a rare occasion (twice) have i resorted to a dentist in 68 years .
    My teeth are /were heavily crowded so I knew i'd have issues but eventually i dealt with them .
    I have a NAVY book on dentistry but I must confess I've never used it.
    Done my own filling and removals filed chipped teeth and so forth .
    It is not JUST that i'm cheap , I simply do not go to doctors I don't trust them.
    Only a few I've known are strait and they are gone now.
     
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    All joking aside...

    I have carved down a chunk of firewood to fit the tooth in question and used it like a chisel. Hit it with another.

    The words I used don't mix well in a family rated forum.

    It worked but I had to hit that sucker several times. Imagine swinging a chunk of firewood at your face. On purposely.

    Since then I made good friends with a dentist. Navy boy. Good mechanic. He put my bolts in with a tiny snap on ratchet.
    22k $ and counting.
     
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    here's my buddy Bob Wagg back in the day.

     
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    I must be Neanderthal , my roots are approximately 25% longer than normal. Dentist told me I'd need a dental surgeon in most cases to pull my teeth..
     
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    I just got my used 5th edition in.

    A great investment for less than $6.

    It is quite a book.
     
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