I blame my father - I have the same teeth as him!
October 12, 2010 11:18 AM Subscribe
So. I think I have an gum abscess. What happens after an extraction? Questions inside for anyone who has had one and anyone who needed a dentist while unemployed
posted by KogeLiz to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
First off, I have some crappy teeth. Crowded beyond belief. Luckily I have a small mouth, so it's not too noticeable.
About 2 years ago, I had a root canal done on one of my molars. Of course, my dental insurance at the time was pretty crappy - so I couldn't afford the crown. So the dentist put in a temporary seal.
Well, shortly after that I left the state and have been without health insurance since - so that seal is pretty much gone and the tooth (whats left of it anyway) looks ... less than fine - since there's a open hole in it.
Last week, I noticed my lymph nodes (on the side of that tooth) flaring up. I didn't think anything of it, because this happens frequently to me (had them checked out various times throughout the years).
I then noticed the next day that there was swollen lump in my gums next to the dead tooth. No pain, though.
I took some antibiotics that I had left over from the root canal days. It seemed to reduce the lump - but it's pretty much still there and the tooth in front of it has swelling around it as well. But still, no pain. My lymph nodes in my neck and under my chin are still swollen - but not as much.
I am currently temporarily out of work until I receive a new assignment, and we're pretty much poor right now - living off my boyfriend's underpaid salary. Our credit is crap.
I've done some research and where I currently just moved to (Knoxville, TN) and they have very limited free/low-income dental options. There are no dental schools that would handle more than a cleaning and the local low-income clinic is backed up for a month because of financial issues.
People have told me to go to the ER (mainly, they think I will die - I have heard of people dying from an abscess - but I imagine I would be in some pain or have other symptoms before death ?)-
Anyway, I have an intense phobia of ERs - plus I am in no pain.
The health department has an emergency dental clinic but the lady on the phone told me they do "extractions only".
Well, my dead tooth probably does need to be extracted - as it's about to crumble...
I made an appointment for tomorrow.
But what happens after they extract it?
Will the emergency dentists properly treat the situation and make sure the infection hasn't spread? Will they drain the gums (if needed?) Or will they just yank the tooth out and send me home?
I've never had a tooth extracted - will I be in a lot of pain? What happens afterward? Eventually I guess I'll need a bridge and all that stuff - that will have to wait until who knows when.
Do some dentists have payment plans that don't involve being pre-approved for credit?
Thanks in advance.