I think I’m in trouble and I don’t know what to do about it. I’ve not gone to a dentist in years for a variety of reasons. Now, I’ve got a throbbing tooth. It hurts so bad I can barely move. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have a lot of money at the moment. How do I find an affordable dentist who will treat someone in a hurry?
First, you should know that you have a dental emergency on your hands. You don’t want to put off getting this looked to. The throbbing in your tooth is most likely a tooth infection.
These type of infections spread. If it reaches your heart or brain, both of which are quite close to your jaw, it will become life threatening. I’m not saying that to frighten you, but to make you understand why it’s important to deal with tooth infections.
Affording the Dentist When You Can’t Afford the Dentist
Most dentists went into their field because they wanted to help people. That desire includes people with financial struggles. You’ll find this especially true in emergency situations such as yours.
While many dentists require payment up front, there are affordable dentists out there who will be willing to give you the vital treatment you need and allow you to pay out the fee.
Some of them have in-house payment plans and others work through Care Credit. Either way, you’ll get your infection dealt with.
If You’re Afraid of the Dentist
It’s very likely you will need a root canal treatment and dental crown. You mentioned you have stayed away from the dentist for a variety of reasons. In case one of those is dental anxiety, I don’t want that to keep you away at this important time.
When you do your internet search for affordable dentists who treat emergencies, give a quick glance at their website to see if they also offer dental sedation. This will allow you to sleep through any procedures that frightens you.
Many patients with severe dental anxiety find this simple procedure changes their life allowing them to get regular dental care with a healthy mouth again.
Best of luck to you.
This blog is brought to you by Decatur Dentists Drs. Drake and Wallace.