REALLY Needing a Dentist

No kind of pain is pleasant, but tooth pain can be a special kind of hurt. To wit: A Swedish convict was so desperate to get rid of his toothache that he escaped from prison to visit a dentist. * * * “My whole face was swollen. I just couldn’t stand it anymore,” the man …

KTH Flashback: The Cost of Dental Work – and the Cost of Avoiding It

Originally posted March 1, 2010 A few months ago, one of our dental team members was out shopping when a store manager, not knowing her occupation, asked if she had any good tips for dealing with a toothache. One of his employees had a broken root canal tooth and was in severe pain. Indeed, the …

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Aches & Other News of Note

Why It’s So Hard to Tell Which Tooth Has the Ache (Wired) When it comes to a toothache, the brain doesn’t discriminate. A new imaging study shows that to the brain, a painful upper tooth feels a lot like a painful lower tooth. The results, which will be published in the journal Pain, help explain …

What to Do for a Toothache

Eggybird/Flickr You have a toothache. What do you do? Take a painkiller. Put a cold compress on your cheek. Apply vanilla extract to the painful tooth and surrounding gums Apply clove oil around the painful area. See a dentist about it. Do nothing and hope the pain goes away. While the first three options may …