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Can I seal a hole in my tooth myself with this? Answered


DIY Dentistry, can it be done?  Or perhaps maybe even a temporary fix?


Unfortunately, teeth are not indestructible, even with the best dental hygiene practices. Trauma to the mouth can cause an array of problems, from a chipped tooth to a tooth that is completely broken off. Cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry is a special aspect of dentistry that addresses repairs to damaged teeth. The best treatment will vary dependent on how badly the tooth is damaged.

One of the first things a dentist will do for a chipped tooth is to assess how the injury occurred, and most likely take dental X-rays. The dentist will also ask about any pain the patient may be having as a result of the injury. If there is little or no pain and the dental x-rays show no root damage, the dentist may repair the tooth in one of a few different ways.

If the tooth is only slightly chipped, the dentist may be able to file the tooth smooth again. He or she may also recommend doing nothing if the damage is very minimal, although even minor chips are often treated with either composite or porcelain veneers. Veneers are bonded directly to the tooth, giving it a smooth, natural appearance.
If a tooth is chipped badly or there is pain when chewing or drinking, it may need a crown. A crown is a cap that covers the tooth and both protects it and improves its appearance. Similarly, a badly chipped tooth may also be filled. The same fillings a dentist uses to repair a tooth damaged by cavities can also be used to repair a chip. Veneers, crowns, and fillings can all be made to match existing teeth. www.cusabio.com il-6 elisa kit

When the damage turns out to be more extensive, greater repairs may be required. A damaged root may require that the tooth be extracted and replaced. If a filling, crown, or veneer becomes chipped, it will also need to be fixed.

Anyone who suffers trauma or injury to the mouth and who experiences damage to the teeth or pain should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Any part of the tooth that is broken off should be brought along, if possible. Sometimes, a chipped or broken tooth can be repaired easily if attention is immediate. Waiting only increases the likelihood of further deterioration caused by unseen damage.

I've known people do like this and be reluctantly congratulated by their dentist.
But you'll not get a dentist's opinion here - your choice is as good as any answer here.


"You can keep your teeth forever. The only question is where you want to keep them."

Having lost several teeth to infection (and having gone through several rounds of surgery to repair the damage), I really don't recommend trying to DIY on this unless it is an Absolute Emergency. Among other things, your temporary patch is likely to get in the way of doing a proper repair later -- and may make the job even larger as a result.

(Note: If you ever get a dental abscess, get to a dentist IMMEDIATELY. Those infections can destroy bone surprisingly quickly... and, again, thereby make a bad situation worse. Bone grafts are now possible, but it's really better not to get yourself into that situation in the first place.)

I'd also add: DO get a dental checkup and cleaning at least once a year. My problem, with all its discomfort and expense, started when I skipped about five years of cleanings..

My dentist recommends sugar-free chewing gum as an emergency cap or filling (say, if you're on holiday and break your tooth).

Seriously, she does.

Yes, I believe it. The "traditional" repair kits came with a stick of gutta-percha, a hard rubber, which you heated, cut off a piece and poked in the 'ole. I used one once and it worked well.



7 years ago

Wait, have you drilled it out already to remove all the old dead plaque-ridden tooth material? Because otherwise it'll be like spreading hot fill on a pothole filled with water...

Acetoxy curing silicone ? No way, the acid release will etch your nerve in the tooth.

There are emergency dental fillings you CAN buy, this isn't one of 'em.