Friday, February 20, 2015

Temporary Broken Tooth Repair

About two years ago I had a really bad toothache. The dentist said I needed a root canal and a crown. I got antibiotics and it finally quit hurting. We didn't have the money for the root canal let alone the crown. Killing the root of the tooth to get a crown didn't sound right to me. If the tooth got infected again how how would I know if I couldn't feel the pain because the root was dead? I thought about having the tooth pulled but that didn't sound right either.

Just before I got sick with the flu recently I ate some popcorn and a hard kernel broke another part of that same tooth. The next day I got the flu and I started coughing and have been ever since. The jagged tooth irritated my tongue so much so that I couldn't swallow anything unless it was through a straw. I even ate my soup with a straw. My tongue got worse and worse and I could barely talk. I wondered what ancient people did to fix their teeth. Or folks who didn't have dentists nearby. I thought about super glue but that seemed scary and foolish. 

Low and behold the pharmacist told Gary about an old folk remedy for a broken tooth repair. Using beeswax as a repair to cover the broken tooth. Basically you cut a couple of pieces of wax off of pure beeswax. Candle wax is not the same, don't use that. Put a small dish in the bottom of a pan with water and slowly melt the wax. Then when the wax is melted you stir it till it starts to harden again. Don't touch the wax till it's warm and not hot. When the wax is soft enough to touch, form the wax into a small pad big enough to cover the tooth and place on the tooth firmly. Let the wax harden before you bite down on it. So far this temporary fix is working just great for my broken tooth. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

UPDATE: Have had several inquiries of where to purchase the pure beeswax I got my at my local hardware store. I am not sure beeswax candles will work. I'd stick with the pure beeswax compressed large tablets of beeswax. Hope this helps.

NOTE: I am not a medical professional, use reasonable and prudent caution and please consult your own medical professional with regards to dental repair.

11 comments:

  1. I could've done with some of that. I had to go to the dentist on Monday last to get two teeth out...two in the middle lower front...I came out of the dentist with FOUR, not two teeth missing. Now I have to go back on 2nd March to get an interim plate fitted...with a more permanent one later on down the track!

    So I empathise with you, Linda. :)

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    1. Hi Lee, thanks, wow four teeth pulled that sounds excessive, good luck with your partial, so far I have all my teeth but who knows for how long.

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  2. Oh wow - how wonderful of that pharmacist to tell Gary about this idea. And even more wonderful for it to work :)

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    1. Hi Keith, thanks, yes the pharmacist near here is a wealth of information even if you arent' buying anything from the pharmacy, so nice to know that.

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    1. Hi Michele, thanks, I read somewhere that an ancient mummy was dug up that was 4000 years old and it still had wax repair in it's teeth, It does tend to fall out and I have to keep melting more wax but the wax is inexpensive and it did allow my tongue to heal and me to get over the worst part of my cough till I can get to a dentist.

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  4. You learn something new all the time...I just may jot that down for future reference.

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    1. Hi Dee, thanks, you never know when you might need this, like on a camping trip or in a foreign country or on a weekend when you can't get to a dentist.

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  5. Wow, that's a good fix. I've never had to use that one, but have had the experience of a tooth problem flaring up on the week-end and used the black tea bag as an antiseptic and temporary antibiotic. Sorry you're having tooth issues, I can relate, as I have a root canal that has to be "redone" and I've put it off as long as I can.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks, I never did have that root canal and it's been two years and I have heard of them having to be redone so not sure what that is about either. Sometimes I think some of these procedures are just ways for dentists to make money.

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  6. It has taken 15 hours to find this information. Thank you. I wasn't sure whether to heat the beeswax to melting, then cool, or just chew and then insert. I also bought 100% pure beeswax, as I wanted to avoid toxins, and will rinse beforehand with rosemary tea/infusion as an antiseptic. Thank you, again.

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