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Re: Backpacking with tooth pain

Postby rlown » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:39 am

RobS wrote:I am a dentist and see patients weekly with acute pain and infection. Acute pain from a fractured tooth, an acute abscess, or an acute abscess from a failed root canal would definitely be a trip ender for me. I would hike out unless I was somehow able to manage the pain.

Very cool, RobS! glad we finally got direct dental advice on this thread. You're going to become popular to hike with. :)

And Mav, everything can get infected and fail. Just make the choice and get it done. What wasn't mentioned is the "throb, throb, throb" that comes with toothpain while hiking. it's still there even with pain killers on-board.

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Re: Backpacking with tooth pain

Postby maverick » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:46 am


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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: Backpacking with tooth pain

Postby longri » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:42 am

maverick wrote:Great, so the implants can occasionally get infected, so there is no real better
avenue to take. How long did your root canals last? Seems like stocking up
on some antibiotics and vicodin for my backcountry trips will be a routine
procedure from here on.

My root canals lasted different lengths of time (about 2 and 8 years) and did not fail catastrophically. The extractions were not emergencies. But personal anecdotes have limited value.
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