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ok i have a impacted wisdom tooth but and cant afford to go to a oral DR and last night i woke up from my sleep with really bad pains and now in throwing up and im scared because people say i can die from a infection can go to the er and have them take it out ?

Dear Lisa,

Infected teeth can be dangerous if left untreated. Often during an acute flare up of an infected wisdom teeth dentist prescribe antibiotics that help deal with the infection. In some cases the infection can be eliminated entirely. In other cases the antibiotic treatment can lessen the severity of the infection, reduce the  inflammation in the area and help the oral surgeon have the access he needs to remove the infected wisdom tooth.

Why not visit an oral surgeon or a dentist and be evaluated and treated with antibiotics if possible. Then discuss the cost involved with removing your tooth if necessary.

Also many teaching hospitals have training programs for Oral Surgeons and will offer affordable way for patients to have wisdom teeth removed. The fees for having a resident remove a tooth are often lower than having an oral surgeon perform the procedure. What ever you decide do please see a dentist to evaluate your problem.


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Lawrence Spindel DDS,


Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care


Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

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1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

Awards and Honors
OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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