Dental Tips Blog

Jun
19

Should You Fill Your Own Tooth?

Posted in Fillings

At-home dental restoration kits claim that you can get great results with no drilling or anesthesia and at a fraction of the cost of a dental visit.

But performing your own dentistry isn’t as simple as it may sound. Dentists strongly discourage DIY dentistry because of the risks involved.

The Dangers of Filling Your Own Tooth

Properly restoring a tooth involves more than just filling a hole. Cavities are active bacterial infections. If the infection isn’t cleaned out before filling the tooth, the cavity will continue to spread through the tooth. Only a dentist using special drilling equipment can completely clear out a cavity. You can’t do this on your own if you fill your tooth at home.

There’s also the risk of placing too much filling material. This can make it impossible to floss around the filled tooth and can even throw off your bite.

If a dentist has to redo your DIY filling, your tooth may require more treatment than if you just had it filled in the first place.

When Should You Place Your Own Fillings?

If you’re taking a trip abroad or hiking out into the wilderness, then you might want to bring along a temporary dental filling kit. Temporary filling material can protect your tooth if you lose a restoration at a time when you’re far from a dental office.

Get Your Fillings Done Right the First Time

To save as much of your tooth as possible in addition to saving money see your dentist to get dental fillings done. You should also see your dentist soon after placing a temporary filling so that it can be replaced with a more permanent option.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Apr
14

The Truth About DIY Fillings

Posted in Fillings

Filling your tooth at home may seem like the easy way out when you want to save a buck or skip a trip to the dental office.

But DIY fillings aren’t the miracle solution they may seem to be.

DIY Dental Filling Kits Can Be Dangerous

Without actual dental treatment experience, you could put too much patch-up material in your tooth, damage your it further, or accidentally swallow something you shouldn’t.

Additionally, you can’t just cover over a cavity with filling material and call it good. Tooth decay is an active bacterial infection, and the cavity will only spread underneath the filling if a dentist doesn’t properly clean out the decay before filling your tooth.

You’ll Pay More for a Job that Wasn’t Done Right the First Time

Using a cheap DIY kit to fill your tooth may feel like a smart move. But you can end up spending more money for an actual dentist to repair the damage done by a kit you bought online.

Temporary Fillings Are Just That – Temporary!

There are plenty of products available in drugstores that are labeled as temporary dental cements. These kits contain a quick-setting filler and instructions for filling a tooth when you’re in a pinch.

But these kits are temporary for a reason. The cement isn’t the same kind of long-lasting filling material you’d get in a professional treatment. It only holds up for a limited amount of time (like while you’re away on vacation.)

Temporary cements are not substitutes for real dental fillings. They just tide you over when you’re in a situation where you can’t see a dentist.

Visit your dentist to learn more about the importance of professional dental fillings and alternatives that might be available.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Dec
26

Should You Try Filling Your Tooth at Home?

Posted in Fillings

Most of those sensational claims and reviews aren’t all they seem.

Temporary” Cement

Many of the clickbait miracle-cure dental filling ads are just touting your average temporary dental cement, found in any drugstore. And it’s just that – temporary. You should not fill a tooth with this cement unless it’s an emergency and you plan to see a dentist soon after.

Permanent” At-Home Fillings

Some products are advertised as permanent tooth filling materials. But if something goes wrong (which can happen if you’re not a dentist) the material can be difficult to remove.

The directions on one such product say to apply the filling to a “prepared” tooth. According to user reviews, no one really knows what that means. They believe “preparing” means brushing. In reality, preparing means drilling out the decay and cleaning out the infection before placing the filling. Unfortunately, hundreds of people are patching up their teeth with this material and essentially locking the bacteria into their tooth, where it will keep multiplying.

For a filling to be lasting, safe, and effective, it must be done placed a certain way and by a trained professional.

Natural Cures for Cavities

The natural cures are just things that help ease symptoms like pain (clove oil) and inflammation (salt). They aren’t going to reverse or even heal an active cavity.

At best, some “natural” cavity-stoppers may simply aid in slowing plaque-growth, which contributes to the start of decay.

Get Real Help for Your Teeth!

There’s only so much you can do at home to slow down a cavity. You’ll be doing your smile a huge favor by seeing a dentist before that small spot on your tooth turns into something bigger.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

May
25

What’s the Point of a Temporary Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Temporary fillings will fall out or fall apart usually within a month of being placed. Why not just go straight for the real deal right then?

Why Get a Temporary Restoration

Temporary fillings are very common in emergency situations. It can take time to prepare your tooth to receive a permanent restoration. If you have to make a last-minute emergency trip to the dentist’s, chances are pretty good that your dentist will need to schedule you back to finish treatment. In the meantime, a temporary filling will keep your damaged tooth clean and protected.

You would also get a temporary filling after having a root canal to protect it until it’s ready for a dental crown.

It May Take More Than One Visit

Some dental procedures require more than one appointment to plan them out properly. If you wanted to get your tooth prepared for a gold filling, for example, you would need to wear a temporary for a little while. Such a restoration is also good for cases where the tooth’s pulp isn’t yet stable enough to be capped off.

Another benefit is that temporary filling material contains a substance called eugenol which smells and tastes like cloves. Eugenol is a natural anesthetic which can help soothe and numb a sore tooth.

Taking Care of Temporary Restorations

Even if your tooth feels just fine right now, don’t let that deceive you into thinking you don’t need to go back!

Meanwhile, keep brushing and flossing as you normally would, taking special care around the temporary filling. If your filling falls out, you can find a temporary cement at your local drugstore to tide you over until you can see your dentist again.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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