I had an infected tooth that received a root canal treatment. I lost my job about the same time and could not afford the crown that was supposed to go over it. In the meantime, I have been using that store-bought filling material to keep the hole closed up. Eventually, I ran out and didn’t get anymore. Now, the tooth is hurting again. Is there an antibiotic I can take to help with this? I have medical insurance but not dental insurance.
Unfortunately, an antibiotic is not going to cure your tooth infection. Instead, the only way to deal with this is to have the infected pulp physically removed. That is done either by a root canal treatment (or root canal re-treatment in your case) or by extracting the tooth.
In your case, it is probably better for you to get a tooth extraction. The chances of a successful root canal go down with each re-treatment. You will need to replace the tooth so your other teeth don’t shift into the empty place. The cheapest replacement is a dental flipper, but it is only meant to be temporary while you save up for a better replacement.
I don’t know if you are still unemployed, but if finances are tough, many dentists will allow you to pay out your treatment in dental emergency situations such as yours. Just call around and be upfront.
Then, when finances are better, the best tooth replacement you can get is a dental implant. If you’re going to save up for one. That would be the one I recommend.
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