My tooth is killing me. I just don’t have the money for another dentist appointment right now. What I do have is a bunch of leftover antibiotics my deceased mother never took. She didn’t believe in medicine. I checked and some of the bottles are within their usable date. What dose would I need to make this work?
I know you’re in a tough spot financially right now. Unfortunately, you will not be able to solve this with your mother’s antibiotics. Not only is using another person’s medication dangerous, even if you had a prescription specifically for your infection it would only be a temporary measure. You would still need to be seen by a dentist.
When your tooth is infected, the pulp inside the tooth will die. This stops the blood flow through the tooth. Because of that, the antibiotics will never truly get to the source of the infection. You’ll feel better for a while, but then the infection will blow back up.
In order for an infected tooth to really be treated, a dentist has to get in there and physically remove the infected pulp. This is done with a root canal treatment. Without that, the infection will return.
This can quickly turn into both a dental emergency as well as a life-threatening one. Our jaws are very close to our hearts, lungs, and brains. We don’t want to take a chance of any infection spreading to those. Even in the 21st century we still have people dying from tooth infections because they waited too long.
Finding Affordable Dental Care
We want to make sure you get the care you need. For the most part, dentists went into their profession because they want to help people. In cases of emergency, such as yours, many dentists will be willing to get you the treatment you need and then allow you to pay it out in installments.
You can do an internet search using the term “affordable dentist“. Those who advertise as such are usually more willing to work with patients on their payments.
I hope this helps. This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Dentist Dr. Ryan Noah.