I have (had) an abscess under an implanted bridge, bottom front teeth, #22 & #23. I was referred to an Endonist and have an appointment next Tuesday. I have finished up a prescription of Amoxicillin and the pain has totally gone away. Questions: 1) shouldn't the infection be gone now? 2) the cost is really high and almost impossible at $1,995. I plan to charge the first $1-K and the other half, unknown presently. 3) should I get a 2nd opinion and possibly find a dentist at a lower price? 4) I live in PalmSprings, CA and thinking about going to Algadones, Mexico where dental work is 75% cheaper. Can you help? Thanks. LINDA
Dear ,Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer.The infection is reduced to the point your pain is gone but the infection is not gone altogether. The infection won't go away until you have the root canal done. Antibiotics just reduce the bacterial count but do nothing for the source of the problem, the dead nerve in the tooth. It never hurts to get a second opinion. I know Palm Springs well as my in-laws live there. There are many dentists catering to the fixed income of the seniors (not that you fit that category) but their prices tend to be more reasonable. Ask friends and neighbors who they like or check the papers and magazines for discounts and call for a price quote.You have to take into consideration the cost of traveling to New Mexico and staying there as that will eat into any cost savings that you would realize. Unless you would go there anyway for a vacation or to see friends, then there's nothing wrong with having the root canal done by someone there.
I hope this answers your question. If you would like to discuss this further or have any additional questions, please reply to my answer and I will get right back to you.
Sincerely, XXXXX XXXXX DDS
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX very helpful. If you could just perhaps let me know about how long I can go before my root canal (in case I need to go somewhere else due to $$$$, that would be helpful, too.)
Thanks again, and I accept the charge. Linda J. Waterman
DearCustomer/a>, As long as you are pain free you can wait as long as you need in order to make a decision regarding who to choose as your dentist. The infection will lie dormant for several weeks sometimes, but everyone is different and I can not say for certain how long it will be before the infection activates again. It might be a good idea to have a supply of antibiotics on hand in case this flares up and you can't get to a dentist right away. I hope this helps.
Dr. McKee - this is just to let you know, that I was referring to ALGADONES, MEXICO .... (NOT Albuqurque, New Mexico) I have a couple of relatives who get their teeth cleaned and whatever about twice a year. I would like your opinion on this, i.e. professionalism, hygiene, etc., or whatever you know about these dentists across the border. The distance and expense is minimal and again, at least a 75% difference. Thanks again.
Thanks for the additional information. I know absolutely nothing about any specific dentist or dental clinic in Mexico. I can telly you that the main reason that their prices are lower is the low cost of their employees, which is the highest expense in any dental office. The best referral from one of these clinics is the recommendation from your friends who go there. So they are the best people to talk to to have your question answered. I hope this helps.