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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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psychydyl8 months ago

The quickest filling material and cement that I've found through trial and error is good ol' super glue (Cyanoacrylate). After cleaning and removing dead/infected dentine, you just need to dry up the tooth as much as possible and put a couple of drops on the tooth so that the damaged part is covered. To instantly dry it, just add a drop or two of spit or water and it'll turn white, like enamel. If you can get your hands on the viscous variety of super glue (Loctite), it would be a lot better.
Some of that glue is going to run down your gums. Don't worry, it is easy to remove later. You can flake it off after a couple of minutes.

I've done this many times to get by until I could afford to get it properly fixed. It works, it's easy, it's strong, it adheres to dentin, but - it can also debond from the dentin after a fairly short period of time. If this is a filling replacement, you might not notice a partial and progressive debond, as it can still feel solid, despite saliva and bacterial leakage. The issue is that dentin is always hydrated, and cyanoacrylate is very slightly water soluble. I generally had the bond last between a week and a month. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer. Each time I go to replace it, a little bit more of the dentin is eaten away, making the hole bigger. So - you can get by, but be diligent about checking and replacing the CA, and get to a dentist sooner if you want the tooth to be ultimately saved. Personal experience.

A way to make sure that infected dentine has been removed before using super glue: After removing decaying dentine the best you can, chew up some sugar-free gum. Then, fill the cavity with it. Remove the gum and smell it. If it smells of decay, you need to remove some more dentine. Looking carefully at the removed gum gives you a hint as to which area in the cavity needs to be cleaned. After cleaning, fill it with some freshly chewed gum. Repeat the process till there is no sign of decay for about 24 hours. I kept the gum filling for 2 days to be relatively certain that I had managed to get rid of all the infected dentine. Then I filled the cavity with super glue.
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

Would swishing your mouth with hydroxyapetite help your teeth and prevent cavities?

I didn't locate any studies on specifically on remineralizing, but I did find some which proves that it disrupts the bacterial biofilm that leads to plaque formation. Also, this article quotes a professor who says that it does help remineralize too.


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)  harryrooster6 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

Some people keep mentioning fluoride but it's a poison..do not use it.

Fluoride is toxic, but not in the tiny doses used for tooth maintenance. You have to use the right amount. Too much (though still well below the toxicity limits) will cause fluorosis with developing teeth. Don't use that much. Use the right amount. If your children drink fluoridated water, you don't need to give them fluoride supplements. Fluoride rinse and toothpaste can do no harm once adult teeth are finished developing, and are very good for maintaining acid resistance in the outer enamel. There are many substances that are toxic in large amounts, but are beneficial in small ones and some toxic substances are even necessary (minerals, vitamins, amino acids, salts.) Just a reminder that nature isn't so black and white as you'd like (and wouldn't it be easy if it were.)

Title is misspelt, thought I'd warn you... It's Dentistry rather than destistry... Nice job, I'm getting really annoyed by my filling, it's amalgam and supposed to last ten years or some such, after a matter of months it's worn away quite badly already, which is bad stuff... How well does the resin hold up in comparison? I've hear of people using epoxy and such but just had to wonder...
Omega2 (author)  killerjackalope6 years ago
You can't use pure epoxy to fill cavity, because it will shrink during hardening and detach from tooth surface. That is why dentists invent such exotic filings like amalgams or 70% quartz+30% epoxy mixtures. All to avoid shrinking but sacrifices material strength.
if your filing detaches from surface, crack will do terrible damage because decay will get inside.

if you are asking how well epoxy works as dental glue, then I don't know yet first attempt went wrong because surface was wet.
Second time I used old acrylic filing material, which hardens really fast,
There are no problems currently.
I think this one should be similar to mine

or here is another strong fast epoxy

Amalgams should be quite good material. because they can seal cracks.

Amalgams are poison...they contain mercury. Every time your eat or grind your teeth you are releasing mercury. Deadly.

Hi nydogwhisperer. Mercury is toxic and amalgam continually releases mercury. However, a filling releases about 0.03 micrograms per day. This is only a small fraction of what most people absorb from the environment through all means combined. For example, a single serving of tuna carries more than 2000 times that amount, and worse, that is methyl mercury - three times more more toxic than the elemental form in amalgam. Occupational exposure limits are 82 micrograms of elemental mercury per day, every working day, so that is actually 2700 times higher than you'd get from one filling. So if you have a few fillings, I wouldn't worry about it.

I'm guessing you're
afraid of vaccinations too... LMAO

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psychydyl8 months ago

Cyanoacrylate bonds to dentine quite well. Put in a drop or two and wait for a about 10 seconds and then apply spit or a drop of water over it and it'll freeze and turn white instantly. If the fillings come out after a couple of years, clean up the cavity and fill it again. If the filling comes out in days or weeks or a couple of months, you probably hadn't cleaned the cavity thoroughly. My fillings lasted me three years and my re-filling another two years.

psychydyl8 months ago

I've tried all the different brands of epoxies I could find. The problem with them is that the faster epoxy sets, the more the density of tiny bubbles form inside it, giving it an opaque-ish tinge. Because of these tiny bubbles throughout it's bulk, it becomes slightly permeable. This makes it take on colour and ends up looking brown like poop. Slow drying epoxy would possibly fare better but I failed miserably in trying to keep my mouth open for 3 hours so that the epoxy could at least get a little viscous.

S1L3N7 SWAT6 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.
I am correcting myself for saying I'm at the beginning of my last comment. Now I feel stupid.
OolongJ11 months 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.

Kath79594 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
bgilbert62 years 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!
billbillt2 years ago
i like this one..especially all the flack it generated..
aquarias12 years 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,
studleylee2 years 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.
denturist2 years 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
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.
xanadu1jw3 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
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