I can’t tell whether or not I just have a cold or I’ve got a toothache. For most people, it would be as easy as going to the doctor or dentist and finding out, but I don’t have insurance right now and I can’t afford a trip to either one. I’ve tried to kick it with over-the-counter decongestants and pain relievers. They’ve helped some, but this morning I woke up with a lot of pain centered on one of my teeth – could this be caused from my sinuses? I need a home remedy ASAP because an emergency dentist is not an option right now. — Mark
A plugged sinus can cause pressure that affects your teeth. For most people it’s usually not just one particular tooth, but a grouping of teeth. Decongestants like Sudafed usually help with this type of thing, but with the pain you are describing, you very well may have the beginnings of a sinus infection or even a full-blown infection. If that is the case, you need a stronger decongestant and possibly an antibiotic.
If it’s an infected tooth, that’s not something you want to mess around with either. There are stories of people who have died because they were uninsured and couldn’t afford to seek proper treatment. If a tooth infection goes undiagnosed it could rapidly spread to other parts of the body.
Even though you are uninsured, please seek out an emergency dentist immediately. Explain your situation and see if they can help you with some payment options that might work with your limited budget. If you wait any longer, you are taking a risk of your situation becoming very serious or even life-threatening.
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