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hi i have a abcess tooth i went to er and they gave me clydimicin ive havent been ale to get the script filled thers a red bump and a white bump ibroprofen does not help pain and salt water makes it worse numbing with ice in my mouth only works but now its wearing off its grown a tolerence my question is if i go to free clinic will they pull it infected? i just want it out

Anna -  It all depends on the clinic.  Each clinic in each area has different rules.  My suggestion is that you call them first.  If you live in or near a large city in Pennsylvania - like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, they have dental schools and dental residency programs where they should be able to help you.  Some free clinics will also extract teeth.  You have nothing to lose.  By the way, even though the ice feels better, it allows the infection to grow.  You need to do the warm salt water for about 5 minutes, 4-5 times a day and even though it hurts and probably throbs, it will promote spontaneous drainage and make it feel a lot better.


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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicine for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor and State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA -University of Connecticut DMD - University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Awards and Honors
National Honor Society (OKU), Philadelphia County Dental Society, Mosby Book Award, Oral Surgery Honors, Summa Cum Laude

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