I have what I think is an infection in my tooth. I can see a red line on the gum with a pimply thing. My mouth hurts like crazy. I called a local dentist. He called me in an antibiotic but said he wants to see me in two days. Why do I have to go in if I have the antibiotics? I don’t have a lot of money.
When there is a pimple on your gums, it means you have a tooth infection. These are different than a typical bodily infection. While antibiotics can work on your typical bacterial infection, tooth infections are different. During the infection, the pulp of the tooth will die, which means there will no longer be blood flow.
Without blood flow, there is no way for the antibiotic to get to the infected pulp. Because of that, a dentist has to physically go in and remove the infected tissue. This is done with a root canal treatment.
The dentist you called ordered an antibiotic in order to hold your infection from spreading too far before he could see you to do the root canal.
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This is not something you should put off getting treated. An abscessed tooth is considered a dental emergency. If you put it off it can turn into a life-threatening emergency.
Think about how close your jaw into your heart and brain. If the infection spreads there things can go downhill quickly. People still die from tooth infections.
If you’re short on funds and can’t afford the dentist, you should be aware most dentists went into their profession because they wanted to help people. In cases of emergency like yours, many of them are willing to do the work you need and let you pay out the cost.
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