Dealing with a dental emergency is never fun, but even if you’re in pain, the least you can do is to not make your situation any worse. Unfortunately, even that can be too much more for some people.
Some people will do anything to avoid the dentist, and oftentimes their DIY treatment only makes matters worse. Here are some dental emergencies that didn’t have to be as bad as they turned out to be. Word of warning: some of these cases are a little graphic.
Sometimes, it seems like superglue can fix just about anything. However, when it comes to dentistry, that really isn’t the case.
One woman found that out the hard way when she had a crown fall out and tried to replace it on her own. Her crown didn’t fit back into place, but she did manage to glue her mouth shut. After that botched DIY job, you can be sure that she didn’t have anything to say for herself!
Put Down the Power Tools…
Sometimes, people do things that are so brazen that it makes you wonder how they could possibly be so turned off by the dentist. One man was suffering from a toothache, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and drill his own tooth.
The thing about using subpar tools is that you get subpar results—he found that out when the drill bit got stuck in his enamel. Despite everything he’d gone through, he had to call the dentist anyway.
If you neglect your teeth, your tartar may begin to build up into formations known as calculus bridges. This is a connection between your teeth that needs to be removed by a dentist.
One woman tried to remove it on her own with vigorous brushing and found that her teeth started falling out! As it turns out, she had neglected her teeth to such an extent that the calculus was the only thing holding them in place.
The lesson here is clear—DIY dentistry is a bad idea. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call a professional.
About the Author
Dr. Donald Marks is a native of the Keystone State, and he loves being able to come to work every day and help members of his community smile their brightest. He makes use of his expansive dental knowledge to ensure his patients get the care they deserve. Dr. Marks graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Since then, he has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the world, including Dr. Ron Nevins and Dr. Frank Spear.
If you have any questions about dental emergencies, he can be reached at his website or by phone at (814) 826-3767.