How to Relieve the Pain from a Toothache

Barbers used to be how to relieve the pain of toothaches
Barbers used to be how to relieve the pain of toothaches

How do you relieve the pain from a toothache is an age old question. Many people know the excruciating pain a toothache can cause. Toothaches have been going on for centuries. And back then, the speediest remedy was simply to go to the barber (yes, the barber) and have it pulled. Some people have gone to extreme measures by trying to pull the tooth themselves to get the pain to stop.

Some people even believed tiny worms were the culprit for toothaches and removed them with wax and seeds. To relieve toothache pain It was told that one shaman, from a time long ago, used a nail and a wooden beam . The tale doesn’t say how the patient faired.

Keep in mind, those people back then didn’t have the modern technology or even the knowledge that’s available today. So, to their credit, they had to get…creative. Obviously, these are not the best approach to relieve toothache pain.

The good news is that none of those methods are a concern for you if you have a toothache today! Your dentist can now treat your aching tooth through a variety of dental innovations.

And they can also provide several types of dental sedation if visiting the dentist gives you anxiety.

If you’re suffering from a toothache, there’s no need to continue to be in pain! Until you can get in to see your dentist, there are a variety of tooth and gum numbing agents you can use for temporary relief. You can also take a pain reliever to calm the tooth until your appointment time.

Want to know more? West Airdrie Dental is pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to you and your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587 317 7713 or click here to visit our website.

Can an Abscessed Tooth Kill You?

Whether you’re just plain stubborn or you have specific reasons for putting up with a toothache;  an abscessed tooth can indeed kill you.

What is an abscessed tooth?

abscess tooth diagram
Stages of an abscess tooth

An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection that has spread to the root or root tip of the tooth. For a variety of reasons, bacteria got into the tooth (cavity, etc.) and became an infection which spread to the root.

Your jaw bone holds your teeth in place, not your gums. Without seeking dental help, the infection can spread from the jaw bone to the head and neck, causing a brain infection, sepsis, pneumonia, heart disease, and ultimately, death.

abscessed tooth can equal emergency if ignored.
Save a trip to the hospital

Want to avoid a trip to the emergency room?

Pew Charitable Trusts reported that in 2009, over 830,590 people went to emergency rooms as a result of abscessed teeth and other preventable dental issues. That number was 16% higher than it was in 2006…just 3 years earlier!

The majority of those patients could have avoided a trip to the emergency room if they’d have just let their dentist know they were suffering. Significantly, they could have avoided the emergency visit completely if they had received regular dental care beforehand.

An abscessed tooth doesn’t have to be your demise. But it could be…if it is left untreated. When you have any pain in your mouth, gums, or tongue please call your dentist immediately to take care of it. Also, if you’re fearful or anxious about visiting your dentist, West Airdrie Dental now offers several new, painless ways for you to relax during your visit.

There’s no reason the take the chance your abscessed tooth will be listed as your cause of death. Get it treated!

Want to know more? West Airdrie Dental is pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Patient’s Guide to Wisdom Teeth, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered,  call us at West Airdrie Dental at 587-317-7713 or click here to visit our website.

Do You Have Ties to George Washington?

Contrary to popular myth, the first President George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from ivory, gold, and other human teeth.

The dentures were apparently very uncomfortable and made Washington extremely self-conscious, causing his lower lip to jut out unnaturally. Dentists weren’t very popular back then, so teeth falling out and needing to be replaced was common.

For some people, dentists still aren’t very popular. The idea of going to the dentist adds stress and anxiety to their minds.

So, we thought you might benefit from some inside info that made sedation dentistry the right choice for so many of our other patients.

Today, I’m going to the top 2 most frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry.

What Is Sedation For Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a safe, comfortable way to completely relax during dental appointments. It sounds impossible to believe, but with this technique you really can “sleep” right through a dental appointment. Depending on the level of sedation chosen, patients may or may not actually fall asleep, but they do experience a deep feeling of calm and peace. Combined with the careful application of a numbing agent to any sensitive areas, patients experience a comfortable relaxing session with us.

Who’s It For?

Sedation is right for anyone who wants the dental care they need without the anxiety. It is particularly useful if you:

  • Have fears that make you delay or avoid proper dental care
  • Have had a bad experience with dentists in the past
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Suffer acute or chronic jaw soreness
  • Dislike the sights, sounds and smells associated with a dental office
  • Have trouble getting numb
  • Need a lot of work done, but don’t have time for several appointments
  • Are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth and want to take action
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Hate the sight of needles
  • Physical limitations such as back or neck problems

We realize there are tons of people who are scared of the dentist. But in reality people rarely report discomfort. We’ll see you a few times to make sure everything is healing properly but otherwise you’ll be able to go about your daily activities without any changes to routine.

Are there any questions that keep coming up for you? If you don’t ask you may never know…

Give us a call at 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients) to tell us about it and I’ll get the answers you need!