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Another Abscessed Tooth!

hopesplace started this conversation

I am in so much pain I really don't think I can stand it.  I have taken everything I have been able to get my hands on, including Percocet and Darvocet and I have been on antibiotics for 3 days now and there is no relief. I went to the discounted dental clinic this morning and waited in line outside until the place opened.  They usually take the first 5 people who get there before they open for emergencies like the one I am experiencing but today, they could only take 3 people and I was the 4th person in line because I got lost on the way to the clinic.  I am in so much pain that I really don't know how I am going to get through the day.  If I thought I could actually withstand the pain, I would attempt to pull this tooth myself.  I know that is not a smart thing to do, but anyone who has experienced this kind of pain, knows how I'm feeling.

I have read all of the messages that people have left me and my heart goes out to all of you.  I have not found a remedy for not being able to afford dental care and I am so tired of waking up to pain and not being able to eat that I really just don't know how to cope anymore. 

 I think about all that this President is trying to do to get all of us that are uninsured and not able to afford medical coverage and I wonder if anyone is thinking about how important dental health is to all of us.  I would love to have medical care, but honestly, I don't ever remember being in this much pain for anything that has ever been wrong with me that a doctor can treat.  I don't even remember the pain of childbirth being this painful, and it definietly didn't last this long.  

So, although I have no answers for anyone or any ideas to help me or anyone else, I want you all to know that I do read these posts and if I can figure out anything that can help me or anyone else, I will be sure to post it.  In the mean time, I just hope that tomorrow when I go stand in line at the discounted dental clinic, that I am on of the people they take to treat.  Otherwise, I really don't know how I am going to survive this pain.  As you all know, when you have an abscessed tooth, you can't eat and it is even difficult to drink fluids.  God be with us all.  Hopefully, someone will come to our rescue with a solution for our dental problems.  I'm still searching and hopeful, even though I am in more pain that I ever imagined possible.  Hang in there everyone.  I'm going to try and figure something out for all of us.  There has to be a solution to this problem.  There are too many of us out there that can not get help.  And, the problems we are all having with are teeth, will eventually become a medical problem if we die from infection.  The whole thing is just sad.  I care about you all and hope someone will care about us too.  




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Consider a warm salt water rinse as well. Take care and God Bless.
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 in response to playaplaya3...   i;ve had plenty of abcessed teeth in my time,and Listerine works have to hold it in your mouth in the affected area until you just can't stand the burn anymore. repeat this every 45 mins.or so,until it comes to a massive head,and bursts.the relief is intense,and only costs a few $.has to be Listerine though-no generics because of the high alcohol level needed.hope this helps somebody suffer a little less.
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Hopesplace, I am sorry to hear that you, like many others, have been experiencing the same problem as I have, bad teeth. I am on disability so I cannot afford to pay for dental care and Medicare doesn't cover it. Most of my teeth are broken off at the gum line so I have deep holes, exposed nerves, and continuous abscesses, mostly due to an abusive husband from which I am now divorced.I too have gone to the clinic in severe pain, to be told that they have all the patients they will see for the day or that I can sit and wait til the end of the day (some 6 hours) on the chance that someone will see me. Over the years, I have learned one trick that tends to help with an abscess, Benadryl. It helps by drying the infection. Unfortunately it does nothing to save the tooth but when in severe pain it has helped me without fail.
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You can try the United Way for resources. call 211

                                     wishing the best,


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 in response to Blossum...   


I used to do the same thing by taking a Q-tip & dipping it into any flavor (the small bottles of vanilla, rum or almond flavor,etc). Its has alcohol (the drinking kind) in it. Or, you can put the Q-tip in some alcohol (whisky,brand,etc) and put it on your teeth. It does relieve the pain.

I have peridontal disease & all the teeth in my mouth were hurting. My jaw bone has shrunken & you can see the root of several of my teeth. So, I was in some serious pain. I have some calcium capsules that I started taking. The evening when I was having teeth pain, I opened one of the calcium capsule & spread the liguid calcium all over my teeth . I let it stay there. That morning I brushed my teeth with the sensodyne toothpaste (you can use any sensitive toothpaste).

I know this is not a permanent fix, but the pain is 'gone'.

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 in response to Blossum...   


In my blog are free dental clinics for all states

good luck

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I had the same problem.  I don't have a solution as to how to get dental work done that is affordable however, I do have a temporary solution for the pain.  Take a Q-tip and dip it in to ordinary household clorox bleach.  Make it so it is not dripping but be sure it is wet.  Take the Q-tip and place it on the area that hurts and exert mild pressure.  Your pain should go away immediately.  I know it sounds crazy but it works!  Someone told me about it and I suffered for three days before I finally tried it ..... and the relief was immediate! I would rather be in labor than have a pain like that again. 

As for the other....go to the medical clinic and get a prescription for will need to get rid of the infection before the tooth can be pulled and that will get rid of the pain.  Then you can focus on getting dental care.  If you can't go to the doctor then go to the emergency room of the local hospital.  All public hospitals have to take you whether or not you have insurance.  They also have a charity program you can apply for to take care of the bill if you have no insurance.  When you get to the emergency room ask to see the social worker.  She can give you an application.  If you can't see her....go to the accounting office during the day and they can give you the application.

Good Luck...and...Try it I promise you it works!

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