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How can I get rid of a dental abscess on my own? No insurance now.

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
Dr. Woojin Woody Kwon
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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
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Dr. I. Jay Freedman
A dental abscess can be life threatening. No Dental insurance is card Blanche for care...ultimately you have to take responsibility for your own health! There are many events and free or low cost clinics for dental if you qualify. Get treatment ASAP!

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Bruce Terry
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Dr. Bruce Terry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
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