A member asked:

How can i get rid of a dental abscess on my own? no insurance now.

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela answered

Specializes in family medicine

Don't try!: Many dental schools affiliated with universities have low cost or free dental clinics. You'll be seen by a dental student who is supervised by a fully trained practicing dentist. This is much safer than trying to treat a dental abscess on your own and risk getting an infection in your blood!

Answered 3/28/2015

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Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon answered

Specializes in Dentistry

You can't...: Get rid of dental abscess on your own. You can only treat symptoms with antibiotics and pain medications. Until the source of the abscess is gone, you will have ongoing infections. Ab will only contain the symptoms in check for little while. This can be taken care of in two ways...One is an extraction of a tooth and the other option is to have a root canal treatment.

Answered 10/26/2015

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered

Specializes in Dentistry

You need a dentist: If you cannot afford to see a dentist, check with your state dental society, there are likely clinics in your area that will take payment based on your income or maybe even no cost to you. You can not treat this on your own and it is not safe for you to ignore it. Please find help.... Good luck.

Answered 10/1/2016

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Dr. Bruce Terry answered

Specializes in Endodontics

No quick fix: A dental infection is a disease process. Bacteria inside of a tooth will not be affected by antibiotics or pain medication alone. You must have someone remove the bacteria by providing dental treatment. As earlier suggested contact local health clinics to see if there is affordable dental clinics in your area. Sometimes they can provide temporary care rather than expensive long term care.

Answered 1/23/2016

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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You must see a DDS: You cannot treat major dental or medical problems with home remedies. If you cannot afford a dentist, there may be a free or reduced cost dental clinic or dental school in your area. Often your local dental society can help locate a facility for you.

Answered 9/28/2015

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Dental Treatment: A dental abscess requires dental treatment, by a dentist, regardless of the cause and regardless of insurance. There are dental financing programs, dental schools, or even hospital residency programs which offer care at a reduced fee. Insurance never covers all costs anyway, so you still pay out of pocket. The only thing you can personally do is call for an appointment.

Answered 12/13/2014

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