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dental: can amoxicillian be used for tooth infection ? ; ( just the start of swelling along w/ pain)?

why waste and risk antibiotic resistance with what seem like local infection??

Get ya dentist to drain the infection  (+ info)

Precautions used in order to limit transmission of infection to patients and staff?

What are precautions that one could implement in order to limit the transmission of infection to patients and staff? In this hypothetical situation the subject is a drug user and positive for Hep B and has a severe case of influenza? P.S. he's at a dental surgery.

Thanks all,


Gloves, gown, mask and eye protection since there's a risk of blood spurting, contact and droplet transmission.  (+ info)

antibiotics for dental infection?

what are the best antibioticts for dental infection
what about metronizadole,is it not better ?

Call and ask your dentist.  (+ info)

If you have an infection anywhere in your body will it always show up in a blood test ?

Also what if an infection was in the bone ,or Dental would it show up in a blood test ?

Yes, white blood cells will be elevated in a complete blood count.  (+ info)

After having an apicoectomy can the infection come back?

I am having an apicoectomy in a few weeks, and at the same time having a bone graft done. I am going to be getting a dental implant done once the graft is healed, but wont be without my real tooth at any time. So once the apicoectomy is done what are the chances the infection will come back while everything is healing?


How do I care for a tooth/gum infection?

My wisdom teeth have been gone for 6 years now. The tooth on the bottom left side in the far back was getting crowned 2 years ago- the dentist royally screwed up, so I never went back to him & now I no longer have insurance & my medicaid doesn't cover dental. Is there anyway I can get the little remaining part of this tooth removed? I know I'll need antibiotics first to get rid of the infection in my gums. Can anyone help or give me some helpful advice? Thank you

You really need a dentist for this... My fiance had a similar situation, complete with no insurance. Try looking for a docter that takes Care Credit. It's a credit card for this kind of situation. http://www.carecredit.com/ If you can't qualify due to bad/no credit... I suggest either getting a loan or having a family member apply & then get permission to use it (that's what we did)

Infection is a big deal in that area. It's dangerous & you do need antibiotics.

However, I know a trick that MIGHT be able to help a little. Get some sea salt (not table salt) & mix about 1 teaspoon into 6-8 oz of really warm water. Let is soak into the infected area. Swish it around in your mouth. Sea salt is a natural antiseptic & can help bring the infection out. It tastes horrible...but it helps. Do this several times a day & each time after you eat.

If you have a heat pack, hold it to your face for about 10 minutes or so when every you can throughout the day.

Also, for the pain (it has to hurt)...invest in some clove oil. It is far superior to anything else on the market for tooth aches. Take an anti-inflammatory (like ibuprofen) for the swelling.

I hope that helps.

Edit: P.S. Try looking for an Urgent Care clinic. They typically run about $40.00 for a visit & can prescribe you antibiotics for this kind of situation. If you're luckier than me & can take penicillin; you should be able to get that from the Walmart pharmacy for about $4.00  (+ info)

Need dental work done, but have no insurance or job, what are my options?

I need dental work done, more than a cleaning, but I have had no insurance for 3 years and am currently unemployed with no money to cover it. I believe I have a start of an infection in a tooth and I know that can lead to bigger problems.

There are various assistance programs that vary from state to state, so you may want to contact your state dental society to see if there are programs in your area.
Another possible source of lower-cost dental care is a dental school clinic. Generally, dental costs in school clinics are reduced and may include only partial payment for professional services covering the cost of materials and equipment. Your state dental society can tell you if there is a dental school clinic in your area.

Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers provide
1. checkups when you're well
2. treatment when you're sick
3. complete care when you're pregnant
4. immunizations and checkups for your children
5. dental care and prescription drugs for your family
6. mental health and substance abuse care if you need it
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Talk to your state assistance program. They have free to cheap dental coverage. Also look in the yellow pages, some dentists will work with you on a payment plan. Good luck!
Go to the nearest dental college in your area. They always need people to work on and are usually very closely supervised. They may not do the work for free but it will be more affordable than at a regular dentist who has an office and employees to pay for.

You could try a discounted dental plan. Just go to dental plans and enter your zip code to find a dentist and plans in your area that will best suit your needs. I had it for about 2 years and it helped me to save a lot of money!

Save your money and pay cash. Take responsibility for your health and take action. Stop relying on someone else to solve your problems. I agree that if there is a training facility nearby for dentists, by all means, go there. The level of care will be very high and the cost will be much less than a private dentist. The negative thing about those places is the time it takes to get the care completed. You should plan on being there for several hours per visit, compared to a private doctor that will do the same thing in much less than an hour.

Try your local Health Dept. In Virginia some localities have Dentist for adults based on income, whereas, some are just for school age children. These Dentist are usually just out of college/training but are very good & careful. I myself searched high & low to find a dentist as I am indigent due to cancer & no insurance. I am trying to get disability but have been denied since 2000 & have not been able to work. So... taking responsibility & saving to pay for a dentist is not always an option for ALL people.

IF SOMEONE IS on State or Federal assistance (such as welfare or Medicare or Medicaid), certain dentists accept these patients for low cost or free dental care. The only other thing I can think of is to check out TEACHING HOSPITALS. They may have a School of Dentistry where graduate students work on teeth, under the supervision of an experienced dentist. Many times the cost is greatly reduced, and sometimes, depending on the situation, there may be no cost. GOOD LUCK! <<>>
And if there is no "free" clinic in your area, ask the health Dept. if there are any dentists who can/will work on a "sliding scale" meaning they will reduce their charges based on your income.  (+ info)

can i go to a hospital for a gum infection and apply for charity care?

i have an infection in my gum from what i believe was a popcorn kernel stuck in there. it's been a few days and it doesn't seem to be getting worse, but not better either. is it possible to go to a hospital for treatment/antibiotics? i need to apply for charity care because i can't afford hospital bills. i'm asking about the hospital because the health clinic in my area with a dental program is not free.

I would just suggest seeing a dentist. He'll charge on an average $49 for a limited oral evaluation-problem focus. They can probe and flush the area to ensure proper healing and can prescribe you an antibiotic if necessary.  (+ info)

Dental Infection- Need help. :(?

Almost a year ago I was sent to the emergency room because of a dental infection. My face swelled up & I could not see out of my right eye for about two weeks. My doc told me I had to get the infected tooth taken care otherwise it could lead to a series of big problems. I have yet to take care of it because I have no way of paying thay much money for a specialist.. Now my tooth pain is coming back & I still do not have the $ for the procedure. I prob should not have waited this long because I know if I dont take care of it, the infection could cause terrible problems with my heart and all.

Does anyone know of an organzation that could give me free help or assist me with getting my dental procedures done so I will not need to suffer anymore nor worry about this. Or has anyone heard of colleges who do the dental work for you with the supervision of the professor?

Any advice is greatly appreciated!


Who told you that you need to see a specialist? If it is simply that you need to have a tooth pulled, there are numerous general dentists that could do this.

I am a little confused. You got sent to the ER, but you say that you don't have the money to take care of that tooth? Unless you have great medical insurance that paid for that ER visit, I am sure you know what an ER visit costs. You are setting yourself up for another trip to the ER. You say that you don't have the money to take care of this tooth, but you have had a year that you could have been saving the money to have it extracted. How much do you think this would cost? Even if it was $500, you have had a year to save up for this. You say that you are worried about the damage to your health, but you have obviously not made any effort in the past year to try to save up money and have it taken care of.

I don't mean to sound like a rude, hateful person, but , to a person in the dental field, you are comming across as someone who isn't really as concerned about their health, as they are about getting the treatment for free. This may not be the case, but you could have saved the money in the last year, if this was really an issue with you.  (+ info)

How do you find a dental school that will work on someone without dental insurance?

My husband has real issues in his mouth including a broken off tooth that is causing a lot of pain. He needs to see a dentist before an infection goes to his brain. He has not worked for most of the year and we don't have extra money laying around to pay for what he needs.

You have four options with dental.

1. Visit a local dental school. You can find one here: http://www.yourhealthplanadvisor.com/Dentalschools.html

2. Insurance - Depending upon the policy: cost $30-$60 per month. You pay a $50 deductible first, they have an annual maximum that they'll pay per year of $750 - $1500, they have a waiting period up to 18 months for major work and then you're paying 50% of the charges. Advantage - you can use any dentist with most plans.

3. Discount plans - Cost - $5-$12 per month. No deductible, no annual maximum and no waiting periods. Also, hardly any dentists will accept the plan and when they do you MIGHT get a 10% discount, which is about the same discount you can get by paying cash. Be very wary of these plans because most are scams. The people that sell these plans have little or no knowledge about health & dental insurance and do not need a license to sell them. The plans are not regulated by the state so you have no recourse when you have problems. Some states are starting to ban these plans from being sold. Here is an informative link http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2006/11/22/74554.htm concerning these plans.

4. Fee for Service discount plans - Cost $7-$15 per month. No deductible, no annual maximum and no waiting periods. Many dentist will accept the plan (check providers first before signing up with any plan). When you use the plan there is a set fee that the dentist will charge you.

I'm an insurance agent and my personal plan is the fee for service plan. I got mine here http://www.dpbrokers.com/default.aspx?locationid=20349 specifically the Aetna Dental Access plan but which one you get depends upon your area and comparing the fee schedule to find the best for what you need covered.  (+ info)

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