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I do not expect that many people will try that, but if someone is so desperate better do not repeat stupid mistakes.
In my case that was just temporary fix for few weeks and i mostly use usual dentist service.

Not everybody can afford professional tooth repairs, and free goverment subsidized service is usually so bad that they do more damage than repair.
My father lost few good teeth because dentists considered them to much damaged to repair cheaply.

I had problems with my wisdom teeth so since there was nothing to loose I decided to repair them myself. It is just temporary repair, until I will find some dentist to extract them properly.

It appears to be not so impossible as you may expect. however wisdom teeth are very hard to reach and so work is complicated so quality is questionable.

There are 2 options for tooth repair, fillings or crowns, dentists especially cheap ones are in love with fillings. They don't last long and each repair does irreversible damage.
Crowns are best solution but somehow quite expensive even if there is no reason for them to be so.

Surprisingly, crowns are not so hard to make as you think, you can find instructions how to make vampire teeth for Halloween and without modifications these methods are usable for tooth repair too.
Only difference is that you need to glue them permanently.

Big filings are much harder to do for yourself. And also you risk to be unable to remove them in case of emergency.I would not recommend permanent DIY filings unless you have dental drill. It is best to avoid them because even professional doctors cant make them properly.
tiny filings are easy to do and are worth trying.

DISCLAIMER: this looks like medical procedure, but technically it is not since none of these instructions involve any work with living flesh(I only recommend very minor repairs). However it is possible to do some damage, and I am not responsible for that. especially if you try to repair heavy damage there is big chance that something will go wrong.
I am not a doctor and I will gladly accept suggestions or critic from any dentist.
 
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S1L3N7 SWAT5 years ago
What's next? Do it your self triple bypass surgery? Very odd thing to do, but also very interesting(and disgusting). You should consider working on your grammar rather than your teeth.

What are you going to do when you can't find or afford a doctor? Wish it away, do you even realize how many people cannot afford dental care, not to mention in its current state it's a total racket.

I have relatives that make their own teeth, if they need them. You need to know how to repair yourself. If for no other reason, just so that you know when your doctor is robbing you.

Other than the point where you didn't add a space before a set of parenthesis, I am surprised as to how well you put together your sentence. I applaud you, good Sir, and your mind. Most people who tell other people to work on spelling, grammar, punctuation and other things are being hypocritical, and it is obvious. Either you took full advantage of Instructables' spell check, or you deserve a medal for bashing with style. *High Five!*
this page needs a "like" button. like!
Wow. I hardly think that neglecting to omit a space before a set of parentheses warrants such a harsh comment. I've seen worse, and you've probably seen worse. But I suppose if you get some sense of fulfillment from bashing others then congratulations. So, have a nice day anonymous belligerent! *High Five*
I'm apologize for giving you the wrong idea. My previous comment was meant to be a compliment. I guess I shouldn't have started out with noting a mistake. Really, I don't like bashing people. I hate it when people bash others, but yours was a constructive bashing. It was to let others know your opinion. Please, forgive me for leading you to believe that I was being so ignorant that I would post a demeaning comment filled with sarcasm.
Oh, ok then. It read like it was an insult, but without the benefit of actually hearing it it's hard to tell. No problem.
(lol)
::giggle::
I am correcting myself for saying I'm at the beginning of my last comment. Now I feel stupid.
OolongJ12 days ago

Well Done! Thankyou

Being responsible for your own health and willing to work on any problems is an important part of living in good health. More power to you for doing so.

For people who don't have the know-how or confidence to do this; learn.

It is not different to any DIY repair if you do it properly.

Still. Haters 'gon hate.

Kath79593 years ago
Just a FYI, for all of those who need dental work and can not afford it. You might check out Dental Schools.
LOLOL Id rather drill my teeth with a powertool. OMG

I had a hair cut at a Beauty school JUST ONCE and they ruined my hair. I WOULD NEVER TRUST MY TEETH TO A SCHOOL. OMG
bgilbert61 year ago
jlockyer2 said: "I'm a dentist. Everything you have said is wrong."

"If you intend to do permanent repairs, then you need good quality materials" --reasonably true statement
"To do job properly you need to prepare tooth surface ..."--reasonably true statement
"Most vital tool in dental repair business is air blower" -- "most vital" is an opinion, but it would be logical to say that keeping the site clean and dry is important

"Professionals" who can neither read nor think are the reason people consider doing things themselves. Thank you jlockyer2 for supporting my point-of-view by providing an excellent example!
billbillt1 year ago
i like this one..especially all the flack it generated..
aquarias11 year ago
Just for you guys out there that know what JB Weld 4 minute epoxy is , its a fantastic tooth filler , and cheap,,use the cleaning techniques they advise on this site and dry well with air then fill the tooth, it will work for a long time Im personally experienced no gum redness or swelling, I understand you can order this in white also from the factory , this is very hard stuff and will not work where there is a lot of flex,
studleylee1 year ago
A tip that works well for me: I often rinse with good quality olive oil after brushing and before bed. It really does seem to balance all the good and bad biotics in the mouth and removes bad breath. Jackassofalltrades is and angry unhappy guy who thinks every one should pitch in on his business and education. I had a horrible dentist and later an orthodontist as a kid. Both of them are sad town drunks now in later life. At the other end of the spectrum, I had a wonderful older dentist here in Phoenix AZ who retired after an injury. He would routinely do cosmetic work because he believed in what he was doing. He didn't charge extra for this, it was just that he wanted to do it right and help you. Then you have the lady who want to be the dentist to the stars and told me in her tv-show like manner that for $14K my teeth would be up to date and fabulous. I told her I was not coming back. I didn't expect people to pay for my EE degree and expensive equipment of the trade. I do that myself by working and enjoying what I do.
denturist1 year ago
Expect More of the American Dental Association and Its State Dental Constituents

Alternative oral healthcare providers and community dental clinics are the answer to this oral healthcare crisis across our Nation. If corporate ADA would quit squeezing out competition it would free up more chairtime for children, restorative, and emergency dental procedures but instead, the American Dental Association lobbies federal and state legislators to disregard legislation that would regulate midlevel oral healthcare providers such as denturists, dental therapists, dental health aide therapists, and independent practices for dental hygienists for more productive public health dental services.

Corporate ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting consumers by suppressing qualified competitors which provide oral health care services, especially to those with disparities. The American Dental Association works against its own vision and mission statement by suppressing competition which has been trained and educated in providing oral health care services to those who are unable to pay the high prices charged by dentists, leaving Americans without needed dental and oral healthcare.

Gary W. Vollan L.D. State Coordinator; Wyoming State Denturist Assn., www.wysda.org
https://twitter.com/denturist2th
http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?strID=C00000729
this is a pretty good instructable. i may even try it. i think its sad that dentist guy posting in the comments is bothering to argue with people about it. yes you can get heart and kidney problems from bad dental work and bad teeth, but you dentist guy, shouldnt say all people have bad teath because they dont take care of them. i take very good care of my teeth. i had a cleaning done once and the dentist was amazed that i hadent seen a dentist in 9 years because my teeth were in very good condition. BUT THEN I HAD KIDS! alot of women like my self lose teeth during or after pregnancy. Im assuming because all the calcium it takes to grow babies, but i drank my milk every day and took my vitemins and still my teeth are crumbling from the effects OF GROWING PEOPLE!!! so dont tell me that my crumbling teeth is because i dont know my way arround a tooth brush thank you very much! people are going with out food and heat and electric because of our econ. the last thing we need to do is pay for your devorce! just saying. if we can just magically change our diets and daily habits just to keep what few teeth we have in your head in sure you can just suck it up and work it out with you spouse. or just move into your million dollar dr office you just admited you own.
xanadu1jw2 years ago
Don't know if anyone has mentioned this as I am too busy right now to read all the comments although I have read several but I found this video and several others and website that seem to present a way us poor people can help ourselves preventively to a very large extent. I am not using her whole system but I am using the xylitol part of it although I am doing the other part differently in an effort to avoid chemicals and flouride. It has already done my very painful mouth, heavy plaque, stains and bleeding when brushing massive improvements and I've only been doing it a couple of weeks. I am continuing to research to find the best things to replace her system with but if a person doesn't mind the chemicals and flouride this would probably help them to see a lot less need for the dentist after a little while and you can get it all at your local stores, no need to buy from her unless you want to. She has several videos on youtube in addittion to this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YwelnjG2as&list=PLF0C462BED7D81646&index=26&feature=plpp_video And one of her websites is here: http://www.drellie.com/Zellies.php
tr2sa3 years ago
Interesting. The classic method of total removal of damaged dentin is obsolete and one should find dentist using modern materials and methods allowing dentine healing (pulp removal is really a last option, used too often).

As DIY side, dentin regeneration is interesting and some of the methods will not appear in standard dental care for years, might be area for bold experimenters.

One might look at:
http://annalsofneurosciences.org/journal/index.php/annal/article/viewArticle/ans.0972-7531.2010.170104

The scaffolds are relatively easy to manufacture using modified inkjets, provided the scaffold materials can be aquired.
thegremlin5 years ago
Does anyone know about the legalities of diy-dentistry?I had a chip repaired for $168, it fell out 5 months later, so I bought all the professional equipment needed to do restorations for about $170.I practiced on a tooth I sculpted that was glued to a bit, so I could get the feel of drilling (and using that light!) close to my face in the mirror.Everything has gone fine, and my fill looks better than his.Now is he going to narc me off when I need real work (decay fills/root canals) done?
it is legal to diy but not to do any medical/dental procedures on anyone else without a license.
,looks like it s a heating up thematic. sorry for my misspellings but i'm german and only since 2 years in the english language... BUT if it would allways be so easy to just go to an dentist, there would not be people who are in the need of how to do it themselfs. unfortunately in the US you first need to FIND a good and affordable dentist. many are charging you at first some hundret dollar for a general examination and THAN the extra for fixing the problem... honestly... how many people are able to afford that? and if it would be so easy, why to heck are there so many people out, even young ones with not many teeth anymore in the mouth? it is cheaper to PULL the teeth than to repair them...who cares about all the stuff showing up because people can not BITE anymore their food... sure, dentistry is a long study medical job but there are more peole who are NOT ABLE to afford them then tere are to be able... if somebody than follows or seeks for an instruction in do it yourself, well, i can at least understand that even i would not go and try it myself... having teeth also often is a circle in...finding a job...partner... having success... being aczeptet.... and so on and on and on... in this, i can see the point and would not hit with stones just because somebody try to give a swers for something million of people are looking for
excellent post, thank you
I'd definitely go to a dentist for repairs on any 'living' teeth, but the popularity of root-canal work means many peope have dead teeth which are prone to cracking.
I have several dead teeth 'they have had root canal treatment and the roots sealed with gutta-percha) which were filled rather than crowned and have now cracked. There is no nerve and so no pain, but they look awful, cut my tongue and cheek, and pieces of food get stuck causing bad breath and weakening what enamel remains. I'd have no hesitation in fixing these teeth myself. In fact I've just bought some GIC (which also releases flouride, strengthening the remaining tooth) for the purpose. Enough GIC for up to 30 repairs cost me about $25 - one filling at my dentist costs $50-100. A crown for even one of my 'dead' teeth is way out of my reach. Additionally, dental care here in Japan is very hit-and-miss. I'm reluctant to see a dentist here after having a root canal with only topical anaesthetic (owwwwwwwwww!)

If you have teeth which are already dead and the roots sealed, I'd say have at it! If there's still any tissue left or the roots have *not* been sealed, you could trap infection which can get into the bloodstream via the root, which could cost you your tooth, your jaw, or even your life.
martinex3 years ago
Too bad I didn't study dentistry. Then maybe I could scrape up the bucks to pay the deductible on my dental plan. Somebody let me know when "Jackass" starts offering free dental service.
martinex3 years ago
I suppose relatively speaking my problem is an easy fix. About 30 years ago the Navy replaced a partial incisor with a bridge. They made the bridge fit by grounding down the neighboring teeth and essentially gluing it to what was left. Eventually the glue came lose on one side (the canine). Food began lodging in the opening causing the canine to decay and eventually break. It didn't take long for the other end to come loose. I started using Fixodent to keep the bridge in place. One day at work the tooth loosened and flew out of my mouth hitting the floor and cracking the enamel. What was left was the metal backing of the tooth. I'm trying to find resin to repair the damage but it's not readily available to civilians. Since the unit is removable the repair should be relatively simple. My question is where can consumers get a hold of acrylic resin?
Rimwulf4 years ago
At 17 I was just getting my wisdom teeth but only three existed and luckily they were not set they haven't even rooted. Oh yeah forgot I had root canal on top front [my] right tooth and later the pulp got infected and I just had not had the chance to get it looked at. I started to swell more and it was a bit puffy so I went and got a needle and syringe stuck it in which didn't hurt for the tooth had no nerves- oh I'm babbling. Well I pulled out some nice coloring green fluid (pus)
meowtigora4 years ago
if you can't get in for a cleaning you can use fossil shell flour and it will do a great job of scrubbing your teeth, similar to a dental cleaning it will clean off a lot of what gets cleaned off professionally. personally i have not seen much of a difference between the after effect of the two. just apply it to your toothbrush along with your toothpaste and scrub scrub scrub like you normally would. also there are studies about ingesting the fossil shell flour and the strengthening of tooth enamel which helps to prevent cavities from forming. Please do your research and make sure it is food grade fossil shell flour. There are many other health benefits from fossil shell flour that are not dental related.   also for sores and abscesses swishing around some hydrogen peroxide in your mouth 3 times a day will help alleviate that. it tastes horrible and should not be swallowed but it will do a great job of removing bacteria and keeping infected areas clean and give your body a chance to heal itself.  It also has the added benefit of taking the yucky white film off of your tongue yep your tongue is supposed to be pink not white. I personally use hydrogen peroxide once daily just because it feels cleaner and makes breath smell nicer.  please remember that brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the best way to maintain good oral hygiene. Dental infections do lead into the blood stream and can cause many other health problems so be sure to take care of any problems you can before they become really bad.
meowtigora4 years ago
in California (where i live) just recently medi-cal has cut funding to all adult dentistry which is rather counter productive because if they want to get people into the work place its hard to get a job with rotten teeth and a bad temper from pain, that being said some people may have no choice but to do do it yourself dentistry because they can't afford several hundred dollars for a dentist to take a look at their mouth and want all of the cash up front. people who were born into poverty and have had difficulties finding gainful employment usually live paycheck to paycheck and exercise every possible means to cut corners and make things affordable to live. unfortunately this may involve not going to a doctor or dentist diy dentistry is dangerous i suggest checking into Spilanthes oleracea
Toothache Plant you can find seeds on www.seedrack.com it numbs your mouth and makes you salivate, but at least it will lessen the pain from a cavity until such time as you can get in to see a dentist and can find one who will take payments. good luck!
gvince44 years ago

Wow good for you sir! 
citizenvern5 years ago
I'm definitely NOT going to try this, short of an emergency like you said, but props on the Instructable. It's sad that modern dentistry is so un-modern. We can grow entire new organs, but we're still either yanking or drillin-n-fillin after all these years. Oh, but now we drill and fill with lasers. Neat.
eudofair5 years ago
On acids, there is usually a ratio of water and acid that works better than the most pure acids. Often it is less than 10 percent acid or so that performs the best, especially on ceramic materials. I like your Instructable. Thanks.
TheYetti5 years ago
This is very interesting I think that whenever people just hear the term filling they quake with fear but they really can help
Thanks for a great instructable. You have obviously put a lot of effort and thought, into learning about dentistry and experimenting. Just wondering, have you heard about Glass Ionomer Cement (GIC) ? It is very commonly used as dental cement and fillings. It bonds very well, and is more tolerant of moisture, than resin, when placing. But not quite as strong, as resin. And it is cheaply available, even on Ebay. GIC seem to me, to be a good material, for DIY dentistry.
Good instructable in theory, but you missed a lot and had some incorrect facts. I hope this helps clarify... here is some background: The reason you get cavities is because you get bacteria caught either between teeth or in the crevices on the biting surface of teeth. The bacteria produce acids that break down the tooth surfaces causing decay. If left untreated the bacteria will eventually enter the pulp at which point you will need either the tooth extracted or a root canal. Tooth structure: a tooth is made up of three parts, enamel, dentin and pulp. enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body. It is made up of hydroxyapatite crystals and is close to 100% inorganic. Dentin is a living tissue and is made up of about 80% inorganic hydroxyapatite crystals and about 20% organic material. The pulp is the part where the Veins, Arteries and Nerves can be found. This is what gives feeling to the tooth and is what delivers nutrients (not water - teeth are not plants) and takes away wastes, As to crowns: acrylic is used in the dental field, but as temporary crowns. They will only last a few months at most. A metal crown will last a lifetime. Some crowns are all metal (gold is the best for this) or some are PFM (porcelain fused to metal) which gives the aesthetic tooth appearance and the strength of the the metal crown. Fillings: Dentists use two main materials for fillings. There is amalgam ("silver fillings") and composite ("white fillings"). But it is not as simple as placing the filling material. Amalgam is held in via mechanical forces, so you have to make sure that the tooth is prepared in a way such that the filling won't just fall out. There are many different composites and I would recommend doing a wikipedia search for "dental composite" Now the biggest problem with DIY repair woud be not fully removing the decayed tooth structure, leading to recurrent decay, and the restoration will almost definately create little nooks where bacteria can attach and then cause even more decay to the underlying surfaces. This was only a scratch at the surface, there is a lot more information and there is a reason dental school is 4 years long. NOTE: even though you are not dealing with soft tissue THIS IS A MEDICAL PROCEDURE because dentin is a living tissue. I hope this sheds some light into the field of dentistry, and if I were to predict I would say you will be experiencing problems with your repair within the next few months, so if I were you I'd schedule an appointment now
why not call the silver fillings what they really are? - mercury fillings
Very good question. Many people just hear the terms "silver fillings" and are not really sure what is in that so called "silver". Amalgam does indeed contain mercury in it, however there is more to it than that. Amalgam is mainly made up of Tin and Silver. The mercury that is there either binds with one of those other metals and becomes inert, or evaporates upon the compression of it into the cavity that was created by the dentist. If the mercury were not there, the amalgam would not be adaptable to the cavity.
Anything can be toxic if the dose is high enough, even water. The dose of mercury that is released from amalgam is very small. The amount of damage one cigarette does is much more toxic than a lifetime working around amalgam. If you will look at all the research done on the matter, the people who are most exposed to this mercury vapor (dentists) are at no risk. A good dentist has their patient's well being first and does not want to do anything that may put their patient in harms way. Here is a research article done about amalgam fillings, i hope you find it interesting: http://jada.ada.org/cgi/content/full/132/3/348
Omega2 (author)  harryrooster5 years ago
Thank you for information my knowledge is quite incomplete in this area. however this procedure was intended to be like first aid until you find a dentist. I newer expected to keep that for so long as few months
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