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Medical What can I do to fix tooth pain?

  1. Sep 25, 2010 #1
    My insurance is all but worthless and my wisdom tooth are coming in. Needless to say, I can't afford to have it removed, so what can I do to get rid of the pain? I can't even close my jaw at this point. :(

    Any decent home remedies? I'm contemplating buying some pliers and just pulling the adjacent molar myself.
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2010 #2

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    NO! and NO!!

    If they are hurting they could be impacted, or you could be developing an abscess.

    You need an x-ray, do you have a dental school near you?

    In the mean time you can buy an oral analgesic gel with 20% benzocaine. But see a dentist immediately, you can't assume they are coming in ok if you have that much pain.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2010 #3
    The nearest is 4 hours away.

    EDIT: Does anyone know if dentists might work around the patient's ability to pay? I know some psychiatrists do this, but I don't know about other medical fields.
     
  5. Sep 25, 2010 #4

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    I'm with Evo, get them removed by a dentist. If they are impacted you will continue to have problems that a painkiller won't take away. In the case of an abscess the situation can even be dangerous. All in all it would be cheaper to have them extracted now than in the future.
     
  6. Sep 25, 2010 #5

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    SticksandStone, are you in school? If so, can you go to the clinic? They might have referals for students.
     
  7. Sep 25, 2010 #6

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    When was the last time you went to see a dentist? You should have regular dental check ups every 12-18 months, even if you have no pain. Teeth are important: you can either pay a small amount to fix them now, or a much larger amount to put right the problems that will inevitably come a few years down the line.
     
  8. Sep 25, 2010 #7

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    When I was 18 I had a terrible tooth problem, and I simply asked a dentist if I could pay my bill over time. I didn't know him, just picked him out of the yellow pages. He gave me a very reduced rate, and let me pay it as I could.

    Yes, there are dentists who do that, but they don't advertise it. You're going to have to ask. I really believe most will work with you.

    And like everyone else here, I strongly advise you to see a dentist right away.
     
  9. Sep 25, 2010 #8
    Alright, thanks guys (and ladies), I'll call up a dentist on Monday and see what they can do. Thanks all :)
     
  10. Sep 25, 2010 #9
    Impacted wisdom teeth aren't the end of the world. I have one impacted on the bottom on each side of my mouth (top ones came in fine). They've been there at least 2 years now, and don't bother me too much. The dentist said as long as I don't get a major infection I don't need to worry too much about getting them out.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2010 #10

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    True, they aren't always the end of the world, but it's best to have an assessment made by a dentist, as you did, rather than taking the chance.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2010 #11
    Ditto: NO!!!

    I second that, and here's why:

    Find a flophouse somewhere, and drive.

    If your wisdom teeth are impacting your normal molars, the solution is to pull your wisdom teeth, NOT your normal molars!!!

    I also second the recommendations made by others to make a few phone calls.
     
  13. Sep 27, 2010 #12
    Just remember: when they tell you to avoid drinking through straws or creating a vacuum in your mouth, LISTEN... you do not want a dry socket. I'd add, just in case you're still thinking of pliers, that's actually NOT how you extract a tooth... so don't even think of trying. Beyond infection, you're most likely to just cause yourself a lot pain, slip, and crack a tooth.
     
  14. Sep 27, 2010 #13

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    I think you probably need to find a better dentist. First, if there is a major infection you are already too late: a tooth cannot be pulled in that situation. Second, an impacted tooth is difficult to clean, you run an increased risk for developing caries in the wisdom teeth and in the molars adjacent to it. An impacted tooth is almost always better to pull, unless there is an increased risk of complication due to health issues.
     
  15. Dec 1, 2010 #14
    It's going to be really expensive to get any work done without dental insurance, but I agree with all above - you have to go to an oral surgeon or a dentist to get the work done!
    Half the reason wisdom teeth are removed - impacted, partial eruption, etc - is because they are also IMPOSSIBLE to keep clean. So you'll also end up with an infection on top of all of your other problems.
     
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  16. Dec 24, 2010 #15
    I know this is a little old, but... Odd insurance situation for you. Mine is full coverage through employer for five bucks a check (every other week). For future's sake, find out what all your options are if you haven't already.

    If your school/employer doesn't have reasonable dental insurance, I'd try to talk them into getting a good plan out.
     
  17. Jan 27, 2011 #16
    Dont do a diy job i seen a person about a year ago and he pulled out his tooth out the wrong way ( dont ask i am only a emt) in my view home surgery is the wrong way but anyway the doctor knows more than me. Anyway he tore out alot of skin and a small bit of a small artery but lost 2 pints of blood ( in 13 min) before we got there. DON'T DO IT you may do real harm and may even end up bleeding out go see a dentist, gp or er doctor they may help or point you in the right direction.
     
  18. Mar 4, 2011 #17
    Don't try pulling a tooth. It isn't that simple. Some roots are anchored in such a way that straight out pulling isn't effective. Sometimes the tooth has to be split in two and each half pulled out individually. Trying to pull a tooth of that kind either molar or bicuspid can do severe damage to the soft tissue. Furthermore the tooth might crack or crumble leaving you with nothing to grab. Then they will have to cut the toot out. Let a trained professional take care of it.
     
  19. Mar 4, 2011 #18
    Amen.

    Besides... you don't want a 'dry socket' even if you do it right, don't pass out, and don't get an infection.

    Why do people consider this, when it's an old form of TORTURE?!
     
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