When a storm knocks out the power for a week, there may be medical emergencies. It’s unlikely, however, that the family medic will need to deal with a dental emergency. If a disaster disables the grid long term, though, the medically responsible person should have a plan of action when it comes to tooth issues. Dental problems are inevitable in any prolonged off-the-grid settings; one of the most dangerous are tooth abscesses.
WHAT IS A TOOTH ABSCESS?
An abscess is a collection of pus caused by an infection in or around a tooth. It is comprised of dead white blood cells, bacteria, and debris, all casualties in the (losing) battle your immune system waged against infection. In most cases, the pus accumulates at the base of the root.
Bacteria enters a tooth through a defect in the tough outer covering called the enamel. This defect occurs due a broken tooth, decay (cavities) or damage to the gums.