A recent survey of more than 300 dentists belonging to the Chicago Dental Association found that nearly 70 percent of the professionals had treated patients who attempted to solve their own dental emergencies at home before seeking help.
The poll showed that the most common home treatment involved Super Glue as a solution for broken dental fixtures such as crowns and dentures.
One woman from Atlanta told the city's ABC News affiliate that she used this type of product to affix a broken crown to one of her front teeth because she could not afford to see a dentist.
Some dentists reported that they treated patients who had used emery boards to file chipped teeth, or frequently used over-the-counter painkillers to numb tooth pain.
The survey also uncovered several cases of patients who had attempted to perform their own root canal procedures at home.
The American Dental Association (ADA) warns individuals that relying on painkillers will only temporarily reduce tooth aches.
If an individual should choose to use painkillers to help alleviate isolated incidents of tooth pain, the ADA states that one should not place the medication against teeth because it may burn nearby gum tissue.
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