Introduction: DIY Dentistry

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PLEASE READ THEORY BEFORE DOING ANYTHING
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.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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If you intend to do permanent repairs, then you need good quality materials. (even then it is quite unlikely to have great success.)

Crowns can be made of fiberglass+epoxy or acrylic resin. almost all materials are ok, if you are satisfied with color and strength.
most or stuff can be obtained from medical supply shops

If you want to do filings you need something that cures fast, so epoxy is bad choice, or be prepared to walk with open mouth for 3 hours or find some fast epoxy.
Cheapest solution is acrylic resin.

For temporary filings you can use simple plaster, it is great while you are waiting for appointment of just currently do not have time to visit dentist.

To do job properly you need to prepare tooth surface somehow, cheap dremel is OK for that, but it is better to buy dental handpiece from ebay if you intent do do more repairs.
Simple sharp rod will do the cleaning job because decayed bone is very weak and easy to scrap.
But only diamond burs can defeat enamel without shaking your head too much.

Most vital tool in dental repair business is air blower, without it do not even try to do anything.
big fish tank compressor will work fine, refrigerator compressors may also be suitable but some oil filter may be necessary.
Blunted hypodermic needle will make fine nozzle.

Also you will need big syringe with blunt needle as water squirter to wash tooth surface.


Step 2: Some Theory

Learn tooth anatomy at first.

In short tooh is piece of relatively soft bone(dentin) covered with natural crown which is called enamel, this enamel is hard like epoxy, but it cracks easily. Enamel is dead like nails and hair so it cant repair itself. dentin is not so absolutely dead, but still cant repair itself.

Tooth also has blood supply system which is called nerve, its purpose is to provide water to the tooth bone and enamel without nerve tooth will crack and disintegrate easily.
Dentists like to remove nerve because it my cause problems sometimes, but in reality it is not that dangerous if timely help is available. Without nerve tooth will crack for sure if not protected by crown.

Tooth structure is quite interesting, it is not like other bones but lots of small parallel tubes coming from the nerve to the edges of tooth, because of that tooth has very high tensile strength but it is prone to cracking.

To repair tooth you mostly need to restore missing enamel. However if decay progressed for long enough dentin is usually badly damaged, decaying bone spreads and makes pressure to the nerve, in some cases infection may happen.
If you feel dental pain it means that somewhere you have decaying dentin which makes pressure on the nerve.

So before beginning repair works it is necessary to remove damaged dentin. or else decay will spread. Also damaged dentin cause lots of pain for no visible reasons just cleaning it is enough to relieve dental pain.
Damaged dentin is quite soft and it is easy to scrape with some sharp tool. Usually there is no pain unless you reach healthy tooth surface.
Also it is quite easy to see if everything is ok , because decaying bone becomes darker. It is necessary to scrape away all dark spots until everything is clean and hard.

In case of open nerve work becomes more complex because inflammation may happen.
usually dentist will perform root canal procedure then, but it is also possible to save nerve by cleaning it up and placing CaOH on it. Pulp has one interesting unknown feature: it can regrow tooth. Under stimulation pulp will turn into dentin, however if there are lots or bacteria around that will not work and inflammation will happen instead
CaOH can do that stimulation and somehow kill bacteria too.

The big problem with dental work is that you work in very wet area so it will be hard to glue something to wet surfaces.
And even worse is that dentin is something like calcium reinforced fabric made of tiny threads of collagen. Cleaning will mess up that surface and make it into something like greased chalk. Obviously it is nearly impossible to glue something to such surface properly.
thats why most of DIY dentistry will fail.
lots of people try to use super glue or epoxy to glue back pieces of tooth but that is quite useless. they will fall off even under minimal load. gluing teeth is about same as trying to glue Teflon

Currently pharmacists invented new materials to fight with that problem. for example Clearfil SE bonding agent seems to be good but very expensive. one pack costs about 200$

Another problem is that all epoxies will shrink, simple epoxy will shrink about 1-3% and so it will detach from tooth surface and let contaminants enter inside.

Usage of costly filing material with quartz particles will help a little. Seems ebay sells one for about 75$

Cheap DIY dentistry without these exotic materials is quite primitive. All attempts to use pure epoxy filings will fail. Amalgam is quite worthless to because it needs special preparation which scraps away too much bone. Even if filling will not fall out decay will start again.

Gluing crowns is another story, because you can glue them to enamel (however dentists prefer to scrap enamel way to make crown smaller.)because of little amount of glue there is no shrinkage.
and bonds to enamel are very strong and can be made even stronger if you etch it with some acid.

Before doing any of filings or gluing it is vital to dry surface.
and in case of epoxy application it is good idea to scrap surface with small hadrd steel brush to mix collagen threads with your epoxy. It may increase bonding strength quite much and aslo it will clean away some of remaining bacteria and decayed cells

Even if job is done perfectly there are some more dangers. crown shape must be correct. in the lower area of tooth some gap between teeth must exist bigger gap = better, top surfaces sides must touch nearby teeth and have as little gap as possible.

Without proper gap , food particles will go down and there will be no way to clean them, finally they will be pushed between gums and tooth which will cause decay, inflammation abscess or other nasty things. so that must be taken into account during repair.

If there is no gap between teeth like often happens with wisdom teeth it is nearly impossible to do repairs
Primitive gluing may cause closing of gap between teeth and some of glue may enter between gums ant tooth what may cause inflammation.
it is quite hard to remove that glue, because unlike dentin bonds to enamel are stronger and it is possible to cause damage to the bone while trying to scrub excessive hardened epoxy away and you may accidentally implant contaminated piece of glue between bone and tooth, which probably will cause some problems.

To avoid these problems rubber barrier is used sometimes so that you protect gum line from contamination and damage

So my recommendation is to leave all heavy damage repair to dentist. And only work on light cracks that do not reach gums or pulp.
Also remember that faulty work will do lots of damage.

Step 3: Procedure

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It is extremely hard to repair your own teeth, it is like making haircut to yourself.
but it can be done.
Because you feel pain you can properly scrape damaged dentin without damaging healthy surface.
that procedure is relatively simple and similar to tooth picking with one difference that you use sharp tooth pick and watch your work in the mirror.

If you are sure that all surface is free of decayed stuff wash it with warm water syringe. until it is completely clean with no dark spots.

It may be necessary to trim edges with dremel to remove unnecessary enamel. It is incredibly hard and only diamond burs can do the job

Now it is time to make crown using any of well known methods for making vampire teeth.
make it big and strong or else it will break.

I suggest you to wait for one day to be sure that there is no pain anymore if damage is extensive or you have open nerve pain may become permanent and if you have damaged nerve it may rot and cause infection, so be sure that nerve is healed. In case of open nerve it must be nice pink color.
to avoid infection and start recalcination you need to place some "poison" on the nerve to induce necrosis of surface. I used very small amount of silver nitrate solution for that.

Now you need to dry surface, use air compressor for about 1 minute until you are sure that surface is absolutely dry.

Finally you can fill cavity with some filling material of glue the crown

if you closed open nerve it is good idea to remove your crown after some time for example 2 weeks and reexamine surface for signs of decay and check if nerve recalcinated its surface. if everything is ok you can glue crown back

This procedure is mostly suitable for extremely damaged molar teeth, when dentists just refuse to fix then and suggests extraction. However it is not so hard to make crown and save your tooth for some more time.

Unfortunately some complications may happen. However this procedure will prolong tooth's life for some time.


Tooth extraction that is quote popular DIY procedure, but I advise never attempt to do it by yourself
if tooth it erupted enough to grip with pilers you can still fix and save it.
attempts to extract tooth may end in smashing other teeth into pieces, or at least cracking them.

If you relay need to extract some tooth(for example there is heavy abscess under its root and you are in the wilderness with no dentist available in 100km range ) do not ever try to do that in one step, flex tooth from one side to another many times until it loosens and easily falls out. if you try to pull tooth out with force you pilers will impact teeth that are around and shatter them.
there are even cases when professional dentists don't know that and cause extreme damage to patient.

Step 4: Results

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Currently I performed one such procedure on extremely damaged wisdom tooth which which tortured my for some time.

Strangely enough that primitive crown is working quite well. There is no more pain even if tooth has open nerve and tooth appearance is quite good too, doctor has no comments about it and suggested extraction of another wisdom tooth this time which is in much better shape.
Not sure why doctor acted so strangely, because that tooth is definitely not going to last long.
Probably I will fix it tooth too, since it takes to long to wait. its primaty purpose is to let me chew without pain.

Once again this is only temporary fix until extraction will be performed by surgeon.
however it let me to learn about problems of dentistry.

Step 5: Some Scientific Tests (will Be Updated Regularly)

After my wisdom teeth were extracted I decided to evaluate some materials.

Dentin is extremely hard to glue something and to make matter worse tooth produces collagen enzyme which is responsible for breaking collagen layer below filings and so they fall of.

Now I tested these materials.


1 WAVE: Medical material which is designed to paint teeth to prevent then from decay.
it costs bout 6$ for 1g . cures under UV light. and also contains some fluorine to protect tooth.

RESULT: unfortunately that is total failure. it peels of with little effort, may be good for very tiny cavities or can be used as designed just to paint tooth surfaces to remove groves and stop that nasty decay before it ever started.
Looks perfect, impossible to see.

Should be good cosmetic material for whitening and reshaping front teeth instead of these nasty bleaching procedures, in case of dissatisfaction easy to peel of.

2. Cheap acrylic 2 component system resin from dealextreme.com cost 2$ for about 20g has very strong smell until cured.
Acrylic resins are clinically tested, and should be safe to use.

RESULT: surprisingly good adhesion, impossible to remove in any way except crapping piece by piece, however relatively soft when cured. and takes few minutes to harden.
should be perfect for gluing crowns. and may be usable for small cavities.

3. Epoxy resins: cures too slow to be usable. Will test bonding strength later for comparison

4. Superglue: too fast to do something usable but again will be tested for comparison.

5. G-bond: medical primer designed to adhere to dentin and enamel, easy to use, costs a fortune(150$ for 2-3g), my dentist uses it as primer to attach filings.
If she will not object maybe there will be chance to compare that material to to others.
(unfortunately she have no clue what the hell is that and what does it do)


Tooth surface preparation methods:

To glue something to enamel it must be etched at first with some acid.
I found easiest to use moderately concentrated nitric acid. It works fast and has not so bad taste.
(That stuff is extremely corrosive and will cause burns if left on living flesh. And will eat holes in your clothes instantly)
Any moderately strong acid should be suitable.

Gluing to dentin is much harder. so i tested another method.
first t I attempted to etch it with concentrated almost fuming nitric acid (if I drop piece of copper in that acid it starts to boil violently releasing brown fumes)
Hoverer for my surprise it has almost no visible effect on dentin. That was strange, we expect that acids should eat tooth materials quite easily.

Next, I tempted to remove collagen with sodium hydroxide (which is more known as drain cleaner) again quite dangerous stuff, which can dissolve flesh and turn it into soap.
Once more no effect on extracted tooth surface.

There was no visible changes under microscope. However, after few attempts, polished surface of dentin changed color a little, so that should be some kind of success.

Probably highly concentrated acids and bases can eat tooth surface enough to clean smear layer, and remove collagen, but that requires further investigation.

Comments

b4l0rd0 (author)2009-01-01

please! be aware about DIY Dentistry! things are more complex... It's really dangerous and you can be at health risk. A mandibular wisdom teeth infection could be potentially deathly! And about the materials you can have an adverse reaction! please, go to a real dentist if you care about your life (and if you are smart) cheers, ale (Italian student in dentistry)

haluz (author)b4l0rd02017-08-21

I'd have to cut the bank before. These are really useful tips. Especially you are a dentist and you do not have a better idea. I wish good luck and a lot of money earned.

nydogwhisperer (author)2015-01-04

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

RobertM55 (author)nydogwhisperer2015-07-28

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.)

shaymusc (author)RobertM552016-03-22

Fluoride internally is completely ineffective, its not a supplement, nor an essential element. Fluoride ONLY works on contact with your teeth by helping to bond calcium making enamel, taking fluoride internally will displace calcium and make your bones and teeth weaker. Fluoride is poison, it says so on any product that contains it except tap water. Fluoridated water is such a stupid idea, first hardly any water from the tap ends up on your teeth, unless you brush your teeth with it and usually you brush with fluoridated toothpaste already. Fluoride consumption over time can lead to a variety of health problems, including making your teeth very ugly looking indeed. Fluorides value is solely confined to topical use on the teeth. Flouride water for babies is the dumbest idea of all time and has zero medical value, to the contrary in fact. Babies dont have teeth and fluoride does not work internally. Even on baby teeth its absurd. The risks far outweigh the benefits with infants, because there is not any benefit. Fluoride internally will make your bones fragile and teeth are part of your skeletal system. Dental fluorosis is common and the damage done is not confined to your teeth, you whole skeleton will be damaged. Fluoride has a long history as an insecticide/pesticide and is generally regarded as a poisen,

RobertM55 (author)shaymusc2016-03-22

First of all, internal fluoride is not ineffective - it does have a strengthening effect on
developing teeth. Second, babies do have teeth - you can't see them,
because they haven't erupted from the gums. Third - you have to be
careful about the context in which you label something "poison." Most of
what we are made of is poisonous in larger amounts than are beneficial.
"The dose makes the poison" is true for nearly everything, including a
list of essential vitamins and minerals. If you want to argue that too
much fluoride is poisonous and detrimental to health - that TOO MUCH
causes fluoridosis both in teeth and bones - THAT is demonstrably true,
and a good argument.

DavidA631 (author)RobertM552017-01-05

yes very true and even for babies as long as the use with water fluoride is discontinued bye age 3 they should be fine they would most likely have delayed mental maturity like the snowflakes of today. Uwww that is a good idea someone should study delayed maturity and the prevalence of water fluoridation in the area of this generations snowflakes.

OolongJ (author)RobertM552015-10-08

Repeated applications of a neurotoxin that builds up in the pineal gland is bad for humans.

TimL72 (author)nydogwhisperer2016-03-09

I am writing you from my grave since my dentist has used flouride on my teeth for 40 years, and I have brushed with a medical flouride toothpaste for 4 years. I wish I had read your unscientific post before the flouride killed me and hundreds of millions of others who drink it every day in their water.

DavidA631 (author)TimL722017-01-05

It is a slow acting poison and it like rattle snake poison if used correctly and properly can have beneficial effects. Personally I have used Fluoride very seldom. I have very bad Teeth. On a side note one of the effects they mention is brain damage joint disorders. 50 human studies linking moderately high fluoride exposures with reduced intelligence . I hate to tell you this but you are brain dead to me. I suggest you enjoy your life and keep using fluoride as that makes it easier for your masters to control you. If you decide to rebel against your masters just so you know you are not as Intelligent as the average hillbilly. You most likely have had better education though. Good luck Gods speed for the afterlife. and in the mean time. Here is some information in case you have been one of the lucky few to have been taught proper fluoride toothpaste use and not swallowed. https://fluoridealert.org/issues/health/

OlgaK24 (author)TimL722016-12-03

So sorry to hear about your years of impeded brain development due to long term exposure to fluoride. Its a shame even with over 20 worldwide studies showing the negative effects of fluoride exposure reducing brain development in human children, and memory integrity in adults we still have dentists suggesting its use on human's. Personally I believe its due to the dentists own impairment from a lifetime of fluoride exposure causing the inability to understand the new information. Also I'm sure denial plays a role, who wants to accept that they have had something as valuable as their intelligence limited by the mistakes of outdated, and poorly researched medicine of their era. Of course that selfish mentality will affect many children who are still exposed to high levels of fluoride today, causing irreversible brain deformity and damage resulting in 10-20% of their potential IQ being lost.

Call me crazy but I'd sooner pull out all my teeth then risk losing brain function. Mineral and bone can be replaced now, and soon regeneration fields will be a option if there is no severe trama to the jaw or gums. This means you could regrow your own teeth with your own bone with functioning nerves and the natural healing of living tissue. The brain on the other hand... maybe in the 2200's.

BarnyB1 (author)2016-03-24

Very useful info on self inflicted tooth repair. Many people like myself are unable to afford professional dental care. Over the years, I have pulled one of my teeth, and repaired several broken teeth and lost fillings with quick set JB Weld epoxy. It lasts for several months at a time if you can keep the tooth dry while it sets for 5 minutes.

Pinkworthy6 (author)BarnyB12016-10-20

Hi there,

I am researching a news item about DIY dentistry. Could we speak? Many thanks

Pinkworthy6 (author)2016-10-20

Hi there - I am researching a news item on DIY dentistry and would love to speak to anyone who has tried it. Do contact me. Many thanks

WilliamT72 (author)2016-03-26

Every person who wants more control of their dental health should read Ramiel Nagel's book called Cure Tooth Decay.

Kath7959 (author)2011-07-15

Just a FYI, for all of those who need dental work and can not afford it. You might check out Dental Schools.

helenofknots (author)Kath79592013-07-18

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

psychydyl (author)helenofknots2015-12-21

Hahaha! I did drill my molar with a power-drill. It's just not quite
easy to carve with. OMG
Using a needle from a leather sewing machine is a
lot easier and less scary.

OMG

aquarias1 (author)2013-05-19

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,

ColdS1 (author)aquarias12015-12-19

Here is warning from back of J-B weld epoxy:

WARNING: MAYBE BE HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. MAY CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS. PRECAUTION: Avoid ingestion. Do not get in eyes, or on skin or clothing. If swallowed, get prompt medical attention.

WARNING: This product contains chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and bifth defect or other reproductive harm

psychydyl (author)2014-12-21

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.

ColdS1 (author)psychydyl2015-12-19

Quickest and best filling material is Polycaprolactone or thermoplastic whichi is approved by FDA for use inside human body. These are sold on ebay for just for few dollars, and all you need is just some hot water to mold it into shape.

RobertM55 (author)psychydyl2015-07-28

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.

psychydyl (author)RobertM552015-07-29

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.

ColdS1 (author)2015-12-19

Please don't put any potentially toxic chemicals like epoxy in your mouth. There is much better mateiral - Polycaprolactone or thermoplastic whichi is approved by FDA for use inside human body. These are sold on ebay for just for few dollars. All you need is some hot water (above 70 deg celcius) to mold them in shape and then let it solidify in your cavity. These can be bonded to the tooth using professional dental cement (also sold on ebay). Much safer solution than using epoxy!!

ColdS1 (author)2015-12-19

Please don't put any potentially toxic chemicals like epoxy in your mouth. There is much better mateiral - Polycaprolactone or thermoplastic whichi is approved by FDA for use inside human body. These are sold on ebay for just for few dollars. All you need is some hot water (above 70 deg celcius) to mold them in shape and then let it solidify in your cavity. These can be bonded to the tooth using professional dental cement (also sold on ebay). Much safer solution than using epoxy!!

harryrooster (author)2008-12-28

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?

RobertM55 (author)nydogwhisperer2015-07-28

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.

http://now.tufts.edu/articles/restoring-toothpastes-mouthwashes

beavster (author)harryrooster2009-04-11

why not call the silver fillings what they really are? - mercury fillings

harryrooster (author)beavster2009-04-11

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)harryrooster2008-12-28

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

killerjackalope (author)2008-12-26

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)killerjackalope2008-12-26

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
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6404

or here is another strong fast epoxy
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5390

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

nydogwhisperer (author)Omega22015-01-04

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

RobertM55 (author)nydogwhisperer2015-07-28

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

victoriabilger (author)2015-04-08

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andresbarrett made it! (author)2015-01-18

I want to suggest you that instead of doing it by yourself, go to some good doctors. Some doctors also offer discount if you can't afford them. Have a look at https://plus.google.com/102805052572612412443/about, I hope it will be helpful for you.

psychydyl (author)2014-12-21

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.

psychydyl (author)2014-12-21

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.

OolongJ (author)2014-09-10

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.

bgilbert6 (author)2013-06-07

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!

billbillt (author)2013-05-24

i like this one..especially all the flack it generated..

studleylee (author)2013-04-15

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.

denturist (author)2013-01-09

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

kristell1119 (author)2013-01-08

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.

xanadu1jw (author)2012-05-03

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

tr2sa (author)2011-05-17

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.

kgenn-winkler (author)2011-04-17

this page needs a "like" button. like!

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