My tooth started off just being irritable a couple days ago but now I’ve got a full-blown toothache. It is horrible. I’m telling you, it is the worst pain I’ve ever felt, and I’ve given birth with NO drugs. TWICE. I work in IT and am on a big project right now that involves a large company’s entire network being shut down. I’m under immense amounts of pressure to get their systems back up and running. I could literally lose my job if I come to the dentist now. Please, tell me there’s a way to treat this at home or at least make the pain manageable for a couple of days. What’s the quickest way to cure this toothache?
The quickest way would be death, but it’s not recommended.
Try to find an emergency dentist.
In all seriousness, though, this is a dental emergency. You really do need to see a dentist. Now. At this point, it’s impossible to say what’s causing your toothache. It could be that you’ve got an infection. This may sound like a scare tactic, but it’s not. People genuinely die from untreated tooth infections. In America. In modern times. One study looked at people who were hospitalized and diagnosed with a tooth abscess. Over an eight-year period from 2000-2008, 66 of them died. Although we don’t have hard statistics including those who weren’t hospitalized, it clearly happens much more than people think. A toothache is something you don’t want to mess with.
You could also be dealing with a broken or cracked tooth, in which case the dentist could possibly have you totally taken care of in one visit—just choose someone who does CEREC crowns or similar to start with. You can go from diagnosis to having your final restoration in a couple hours. Sometimes less.
If you can’t get to a dentist, find a physician.
Because infections have the potential to spread fast, and lead to death, and you don’t yet know if that’s what you’re dealing with, you really do need to seek some kind of medical or dental help. If no dentists around you offer emergency appointments, try to get into an urgent care or similar. At the very least, the doctor can take a look and prescribe antibiotics if they’re needed. This won’t help the underlying problem. If there is an infection, something’s probably going on that’s causing it and it will come back as soon as the antibiotics wear off. Then, you’re back to square one. Really, this will only buy you time and is something you could do after-hours or during lunch and it shouldn’t impact work.
Then again, you could potentially see a dentist under the same circumstances and get a real diagnosis, and possibly treatment. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but there’s no magic or quick cure here. You need to go in and have it looked at somewhere.
This blog is sponsored by Dr. Steve Sirin, an Elgin emergency dentist who offers same-day appointments for urgent dental needs.