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Lost large filling on side of molar, signs of spreading infection? no insurance

I had a fairly large cavity on the outer side surface of a lower molar filled approximately two years ago. About 2 months ago, I was eating a pop tart and suddenly I felt something break and found pieces of the filling in my food.  The filling just came out and broke. Its in a fairly odd place toward the bottom of the tooth near the gumline.  Now its like a fairly large hole and has a greenish tint inside.  The side of the mouth where this tooth is located is heavily relied on for regular chewing due to 3 missing molars on the bottom opposite side of the mouth.  Since the filling fell out I have been eating softer foods and trying to chew food on the other side but it hurts to chew with just upper teeth and gums.  

Im 27 years old with no major health problems.  I got laid off and have no health or dental insurance.  

If there is no pus, drainage, or serious pain from the tooth itself, can infection symptoms manifest in other ways? I have had sinus issues for about a month and have occasionally been coughing up foul smelling chunks of green mucous.  As a result, my breath smells as bad as the mucous.  I am wondering if the tooth issue could be contributing to this problem as a spreading infection or if my symptoms are more likely relation to chest infection?

I am aware of how important it is to have this tooth fixed, but honestly I can barely get by on what little money I do have and have NO money to go see a professional.
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Sorry for the tough situation.  As a temporary fix, you can go to the store and purchase a temporary filling but depending on how big the hole is, it may just fall out but it would provide some coverage for it temporarily but I wouldn't try to keep it in longer than a week.

Meanwhile, you may want to contact your local dental society to see if there are any services available to you as a discount or free rate.  There are free clinics which may have dental services locally to you.
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