There are videos on YouTube. There are articles about it on websites like Reddit and eHow. You can find kits for it on Amazon, and even find them walking down the aisle at your nearest Walgreens or other pharmacy. So using a DIY dentistry kit is safe right? Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins of Collins Dental & Aesthetic suggest considering these products with an abundance of caution, and prioritize scheduling an appointment with one of our dental professionals.
So what is DIY dentistry and why are people doing it? DIY filling kits were created with the idea of offering dental patients a temporary solution to save a crown or filling that has fallen out until they can make it to see a real dentist. Many of these kits employ a combination of zinc and eugenol (ZOE) similar to that used by dentists to create a temporary filling until a crown, inlay or onlay is ready for placement.
The problem is, many people are using DIY kits in place of seeing a dentist because they cannot afford the dental care or because they are afraid of potential drilling or other pain. Reviews of DIY kits are mixed. Comments range from, “worked great until I could get to the dentist” to “fell out within a few hours.” The lack of consistency in effectiveness would reasonably seem to be relative to the fact that the DIY practitioner mixes the compound to what he or she thinks is appropriate, and probably has no realistic idea of what will work.
It is important to note that the American Dental Association does not endorse any DIY dentistry products, and that some more extreme DIY products, such as the DentiDrill – that’s right, there is a do-it-yourself dental drill on the market that slipped by FDA regulations because it could be used for non-dental projects – can be downright dangerous.
In the event you have a dental emergency such as a cracked tooth or a crown or filling that has fallen out, there are safer more conservative measures you can take to do damage control until you can make it in to get professional care. Temporarily sealing the hole with dental wax or sugar free chewing gum and saving the crown or filling in a plastic bag until you can get seen is a safer bet.
If you need to replace a crown or filling that has recently fallen out, don’t waste your money on a DIY dental kit. Make an appointment with a trained dental professional by calling our office at 509-532-1111.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788