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A 24-year-old female asked:

i think i have a tooth infection/tooth boil what can i do for treatment i have no insurance or money for a dentist.

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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See a dentist: I would suggest borrowing some money from friends or a family member. You need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes you can negotiate a reduced fee if you pay cash...sometimes!
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
You can't do much...: .. on your own. Regardless of insurance coverage or financial circumstances, you will need the services of a dentist to treat you tooth. Seek care at a dental school, hospital residency program, or a reduced fee clinic. Finance your care or borrow from friends/family. This will not heal without intervention.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Need Antibiotics: Tooth Infection untreated can actually spread into the bloodstream & cause other problems even as bad as heart infection. For the time being, you may be able to gargle with warm salt water and peroxide, but ultimately you really need antibiotics and the tooth pulled. Try your local health dept. which may offer sliding scale pricing. They may also be able to refer to a dentist who does pro bono wk.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Professional help: I wish there was an OTC that I could suggest that would restore your health. There aren't any. You have an infection. It's spreading. The only thing that's going to fix it permanently is Dental Treatment. Anything else may just mask symptoms as the infection continues to spread. The other answers posted give good financial alternatives. You do not have any health alternatives however.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Need a dentist: Home care for an infected tooth is not effective in treating the source of your issues. Symptoms may be relieved for a short time, but you need to have the tooth attended to. asap

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