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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:29 AM
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I am currently in the process of being hired to work aboard a large cruise ship.

I have one concern, however.

I have a number of fillings, crowns and veneers in my mouth that were used to address problem teeth that were chipped, broken etc. I am worried about what will happen if I should encounter a dental problem while working on the ship.

I'm aware that most cruise ships do not have a dentist onboard. Can any current/former cruise ship employees educated me on what will happen if I should lose one of my fillings, crowns or veneers while working onboard.

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to work aboard a cruise ship, and I would hate to avoid employment on a cruise ship due to my fear of encountering a dental emergency that would remain unresolved for the duration of my contract.

Please help me out.

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Old October 25th, 2015, 02:40 AM
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If it was an emergency you'd be off the ship at the next port. One of my colleagues had her wisdom teeth extracted in Mexico and the company paid for her procedure
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Old October 25th, 2015, 03:00 AM
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Thanks for the response, Karen97!

What if I'm not in severe pain, but it's more of a cosmetic emergency?

Do they have dentists at every port-of-call?

This is actually a very serious concern of mine that I'd like to understand fully before I commit to onboard employment.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 03:25 AM
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Seriously, the food is so overcooked in the crew mess, there's no way you'll be breaking a tooth
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Old October 25th, 2015, 06:34 AM
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Cosmetic emergency is not a problem, company has dentist in almost every port. Ship's doctor will get you appointment via email. Problem is price. In Nassau for example, replacing a toot filling is about $200 charge.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 06:39 PM
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They will have a cruise ship vetted dentist in pretty much every port of call. They know with 5k passengers things come up and it's a service to them as much as you. I chipped a tooth eating on board and they booked me an appointment in St Martin. I rode with the crew who were headed to the airport in a van and a passenger who was headed to the hospital(nothing life threatening). They also said they would pick me up for free if I called them. As the dentist was about 100 feet from the beach I decided to walk back to the ship which was about a mile.

The only issue you might have is no dentist in the next port, or no day off to go if it's minor. They recommended I go in St. Martin and not the next port. As 999 said you will likely have to pay yourself. I paid $175(cash only) for a last minute appointment, nice doctors office where I felt comfortable, and no insurance I thought it was a great price. The guy said I should get it permanently fixed at home since he had to do a quick fix but it has been 2 years and I've never had an issue with it.
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