I had a tooth break. It’s the one in front of my wisdom tooth. Then, a couple of weeks ago the tooth started hurting. Now it hurts in my sinus area and temple. Both areas are swollen. This morning my neck started hurting as well. I told my sister about it and she said this is serious and I need to see a dentist. How serious is it? I don’t really have much money right now because of the furloughs going on during the pandemic. If so, can I just get some antibiotics for it?
Yes, this is very serious. Your tooth has a massive infection and it is already spreading. Believe it or not, people still die from tooth infections. If you think about how close your jaw is to other vital parts of your body such as your brain, heart, and lungs, you can see how this can go downhill quickly! Any time you have a tooth infection it is considered a dental emergency. Even during this time of quarantine, you can get seen for this type of procedure.
Unfortunately, antibiotics won’t work. The reason for that is the medicine can’t reach the source of the infection which is inside your tooth. A dentist has to physically remove the infected tissue. Normally, a tooth infection would be treated with a root canal treatment and given a dental crown so you can save as much of the tooth as possible. Based on what you’ve said, with the tooth being broken, that may not be possible. Instead, the dentist will need to do a tooth extraction.
I know you mentioned you were short on funds right now. There are affordable dentists out there who will be willing to work with you, especially because you (and the country) are in a crisis situation. You are very likely to find a dentist who will do the treatment and let you pay the cost out.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
When a tooth is removed, it is important to replace it. If you don’t, the other teeth will shift or tip into the empty spot. This will throw off your bite and can lead to pain and TMJ disorder. The best tooth replacement is a dental implant, they provide a prosthetic tooth root and then, after a period of healing, place a dental crown on top. It is the closest thing to having a healthy, natural tooth in your mouth again.
Obviously, when you are struggling to pay for an emergency, the thought of a top of the line tooth replacement is the last thing you want to hear about. The good news is, you don’t have to get that right away. Instead, you can get an inexpensive dental flipper then save up for the good replacement. Soon enough, we’ll all be back to work and the thought of paying for things won’t be so frightening.
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