I currently have a large abcess on my lower gum, in front of one of my molar teeth. It is on the surface of the gum, but I suspect the infection is deep into my gum, as I have horrendous pain in my ear, jaw, down the right hand side of my neck and in my temple.
Now, the dentist in my town is almost always constantly fully booked for the next week or so, but I just cannot wait that long. I have a baby to mind and can't be in this sort of pain for a week. I'm going to ring the dentist in the morning, but in the meantime, is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain and try to stop the infection/abcess from getting worse?
Today, I have been taking Nurofen Plus. I have also been gargling with antiseptic Listerine, focusing on the area around the abcess, to try and keep the area as clean as possible. Someones told me that clove oil can help to numb the area - is this true?
I have a pretty bad underbite too, which means that when I'm closing my teeth together, the infected tooth is bashing off the top row of teeth at an awkward angle, and it hurts like mad. Oh, I should add at this time that the "tooth" the abcess is in front of is actually only half a tooth - the back of it is long gone from bad decay, so essentially, its just half a tooth.
What will the dentist do? Will he extract the tooth or just try to treat the abcess? Would going to my GP to get a prescription for an anti-biotic be worth my time?
I am really, really reluctant to go the the dentist. I'm not afraid of them, I just cannot afford it. I don't have my medical card (yet) and probably won't have it until after Christmas... how much will the treatment be?
Sorry I have so many questions... I know nothing about dentists