Home Repairs on Crowns And Fillings

A very frequent question that one gets as a dentist is what is absolutely necessary, and when can I just stay home and deal with the problem at home. The idea is the patient thinks ’well why not, I’m a crafty man, I’m into DIY, why not a crown/filling repair?’, and then they start to do something outlandish and quite frankly downright dangerous half the time. This does not mean that you cannot do home repairs, or that you need to shell out a bunch of money every time your dentures slip a millimetre.  It just means that you have to follow these three easy steps:

1.       If it bleeds, leave it be!

You cannot fix soft tissues, or teeth or crowns that are affecting soft issues. If you attempt to do so, you may cause damage that can even be as serious as losing feeling in most of your face. A dentist needs to see things that bleed or jut out of things that bleed.

2.       Know your materials

There are things that are safe to put in your mouth, and there are things that aren’t. If you are not sure which material is which, do not even attempt to do anything with your crowns or fillings. There are materials that you can purchase that are great and get the job done, like dental adhesive, or dental putty, as well as filling material that can be used to make a temporary filling so you do not need to cut a vacation short or miss a day of work just because of a loose filling.   

3.       No room for doubt

If there is any uncertainty and you are not 100% sure (and I DO mean 100%) of what is going on or what the procedure you are about to do will end up like, do not do it. You can lose warranty on products in your mouth, and what is infinitely worse, you can cause irreparable damage to your teeth or gums.

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