Dental emergency

I have been to the ER twice this weekend for abscessed teeth. I have been in excruciating pain since last Tuesday, and can't eat, drink, sleep, etc. I am now running a fever and have a huge knot under my tongue, and in my neck, and swollen badly in my throat. Due to no dental insurance, and live in a fixed income, I only have a Medicaid type insurance, I am unable to afford to see a dentist. Can you please give me some advice on what I should do? Thanks so much!! God bless you!!

Answer: Dental Emergency

By Sarah h

In most cases, the emergency department will give you a prescription for antibiotics, take those immediately. It is very important not to miss a dose or discontinue use once you are feeling better. Any abscess in your mouth is in very close proximity to your brain and has a direct route to your blood stream. Call you local health department or medicaid office, many counties have at least one dental clinic that is based on a sliding scale. This means that you are charged based off your income. Sometimes medicaid will pay for 1-2 adult extractions per year. This is not the ideal solution, however if it is truly this severe, your health is at risk and the infected teeth need to be removed as soon as possible. Warm moist compresses can help break up the infection around your neck and throat, in conjunction with your antibiotics.