I need some advice. I’ve had a filling for several years. Suddenly, it has started hurting. The only thing which gives me any relief is when I put water on it, but even that relief doesn’t last long. Do you have any idea what is going on? I can’t really afford a dentist at the moment.
I have some bad news for you. You’re going to need a dentist fairly soon. I understand you don’t have the money right now, but this is going to blow up into a dental emergency. It could go downhill quickly and become life-threatening.
I’m almost positive you have a gangrenous pulp. This means you developed decay under your filling which spread to the pulp of your tooth. Once infected pulp dies, it can become gangrenous meaning it is releasing gasses. There’s no exit for these gasses which is what is causing your pain. The cold water relieves that momentarily because it shrinks the gas for a short period of time.
The pulp is dying and you need a root canal treatment. Just creating an opening in your tooth will immediately release the pain and pressure you’ve been feeling. However, your dentist will still need to do a root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp. Otherwise, the infection will continue to spread.
When You Need a Dentist but have No Money
I don’t want you to panic. I realize you’re short on funds, but there are compassionate dentists who’d be willing to help. I’d start by doing an internet search using the term “affordable dentist“. They not only strive to keep their fees reasonable, but they’re much more willing to work with patients in a financial bind.
Even if they don’t have in-house payment plans, they are willing to work through Care Credit. It’s a medical credit card which has incredible terms. Depending on your credit, you can even get 0% interest. Plus, there’s no penalty for early pay off if more funds become available.
The key is communication. Let the dentist know up front your financial situation. Most dentists chose their profession so they could help people. They’ll work out a way for you to get relief and the treatment your body needs.
Please don’t put this off or the situation can grow serious.
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