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I was told i need 16 teeth removed and have massive infection. i use numbing agents daily and want to know effects & infection. no dental care for over 20 years. insurance is medicaid with horizon that does not cover dental. told i need oral surgery asap

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
You : You should heed your dentist's advice and take his concern seriously. If you need 16 extractions you have severely neglected your oral health. You most probably have advanced periodontitis (gum disease) and well as very broken down teeth. Medicaid, or any insurance for that matter, was never written or designed to cover the expenses of restoring your mouth after 20 years of neglect. Yes, the infections can spread to other parts of your body, taxing your immune system and putting stress on your body as a whole. If it gets under your tongue and swells your tongue up, it can block your airway and make breathing difficult or impossible. Please get yourself treated immediately to remove the teeth that are hopeless and then decide what to do with the ones that can be salvaged. Best of luck to you.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Don't delay longer.: It sounds like the time has come to fix your teeth. Discuss options with your dentist, make a plan on the time frame that works for you, and get rid of the infection: you will be altogether healthier without it. Many great options exist for people who need to lose teeth and have difficulty with dental care and dental health. Envision where you want to be, develop a strategy, and move forward.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
Improved health: If you need 16 teeth extracted then that means the teeth that you have currently can not be saved and maintaining them will affect your overall health. If money is an issue you should explore a hospital based dental program or a dental school for your dental care.
Dr. Franklin Allen
Dentistry 13 years experience
Avoid Danger: Leaving active infections in your teeth can lead to dangerous circumstances. It often feels expensive to get things like oral surgery done, but is just a drop in the bucket compared to er visits or extended hospital stays to treat a bad infection. They can cause your airway to close, bacteria in the bloodstream could cause sepsis and death, makes it hard to regulate blood sugar, pneumonia, ...
Dr. Stephen Enriquez
Addiction Medicine 33 years experience
Sorry to hear: Obviously you have severe decay and periodontal disease resulting in infections. Infection can be very dangerous because it is not static. It moves into areas of least resistance and spreads throughout your body. It is important to get treated as soon as possible. Good luck and be well.
Dr. Mark Glyman
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 32 years experience
Oral infections: Oral/ dental infections can be chronic or acute. Either can be deleterious to your health. That is they can cause severe problems to the local area( bone destruction, airway loss) and to your body( infection, sepsis and death. Chronic infections are implicated in heart disease. Many states medicaid programs help with dentistry. Please call your local office asap.
Dr. Andres Carbunaru
Prosthodontics 24 years experience
Do it: You are swallowing a ton of bacteria that might give you other types of problems, . Gum disease is been related with heart problems, intestinal problems, even cancer.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 43 years experience
Sounds correct: 16 infected teeth are potentially life threatening! the infection could find it's way to your blood stream and permanently damage your heat or cause a lower jaw swilling so great that you couldn't breath. There are many avenues for free or discounted treatment for those truly in need. Nj has a dental school & you may want to try there first or contact the nj dental society for direction. Act asap!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Infection: Infection is life threatening. You must get treatment asap before you're faced with the difficulty and cost of er rx to save your life. "numbing agents" adversely affect your perception of need for rx as infection spreads. Please seek rx immediately.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Dr. Malerman is correct, you need to rid of the infections by treating or removing the teeth. Dental infections can spread to your throat and suffocate you when your sleeping. Not worth messing with numbing agents to give you false hope. Have treated immediately.
Nov 24, 2013
Dr. Wayne Roccia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 17 years experience
Antibiotics/Extract: In order to correct your condition, the source of the infection must be removed. The topical anesthetics will only mask the real, underlying issues of severe dental neglect and infection
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See a dentist: for complete examination, full set of x-rays and treatment plan. It helps you to maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and improve your general health. The best of all if eligible. medicaid will pay for it.

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