Tooth Pain but no Money

I am missing a lot of back teeth and now I think one of my remaining molars has become infected. It hurts so bad and now my jaw looks like it is swelling up.

Problem is that I have no money! I don’t have dental insurance. In fact, I don’t even have a job. My family is all hurting financially, so I can’t borrow from them. Do you know if there is anything I can do to help with the infection or what I should do?

I’m embarrassed to be in this situation.

– Jo Ann in Idaho

Jo Ann,

Sorry to hear about your financial situation and the pain you are finding yourself in. Although, it is tempting to avoid treatment in your financial situation, you need to know what is happening. First off, don’t take an oral antibiotic to try to get rid of the infection if you are not going to treat the tooth. This is because the infection is actually residing inside your tooth where the antibiotic will not work. So this means that if you take an antibiotic and it doesn’t take care of the source problem, the bacteria will actually grow more resistant to treatment.

Unfortunately, a tooth infection is pretty serious because if it is left untreated it may spread to your brain or even into your throat. If that were to happen, you could potentially find yourself in a life threatening situation.

A root canal treatment is the solution to take care of the infection and then porcelain crown is placed. If you cannot afford to have a root canal, the tooth may need to be extracted. Then down the road, you really need to consider a dental implant or even a dental bridge to replace your missing tooth.

I’m sure there are local social agencies in your area or a dental clinic of some sort that can help individuals that are struggling financially. The tooth needs to be treated. A lot of times clinics or low-income supporting agencies through the County or City may provide discounted services.

Bottom line is to get this tooth taken care of.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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