A temporary tooth filling which may last a number of months or longer is readily available at a low cost from online stores, you cannot consider this as a homemade filling as such – it is more than that. Denseal is the maker of the tooth filling material which you can apply at home once purchased over the counter without having to be assessed by a dentist. I personally have fixed my own tooth with this exciting product – “Denseal” and here’s how I did it and how things worked out.
You can get hold of the Denseal DIY tooth filling kit from your chemist (I haven’t tried Boots – but they may have it?) or other favorite place to buy such things, the kit we have is made in Germany and is described on the outer box as “Fine Particle Glass Ionomer Restorative Material” and also has “Prevest Den Pro” on the package which is a registered trademark. We paid around $25 for the kit which has enough material to fill upto 8 times – although this would obviously depend on the size of the cavities we are looking at fixing.
At this point I would state that there are obvious medical concerns here and I advise that you contact your dental provider before you carry out any filling yourself.
I felt I had spent far too much time in the dentist’s chair and felt a temporary filling would suffice for my needs until I could pluck up the courage to make another appointment. In addition to this, the tooth I intended to apply the treatment to is already dead in that it has had root canal fillings and (although I may be wrong in that it is dead – I don’t know how that works) I was prepared to do it myself as the actual tooth never causes me any pain or discomfort even though it has a gaping hole in it where the previous (dentist drilled) filling has fallen out. The tooth is known as a “SIX” – quite a large molar infact. I have to say that with half the tooth missing I probably wouldn’t have done this if I thought it was still alive – especially if it was causing pain from the nerves.
You can see it comes with a small mixing spoon and a pad of non-stick sheets on which to mix the two components of the product. Now you have to be quick, because once you start mixing the reaction takes place very quickly and you only have a limited amount of time where the cement is workable and easy to insert/shape into your mouth. I am at an advantage here – I must admit – because a dental nurse mixed it for me. There is definitely an art to doing the mixture.
Once the compound was ready I quickly pushed it hard into the huge cavity and with a wet finger I began to shape and smooth it around my tooth edges. Basically recreating half a tooth right down to the gums. I bit down gently so that biting would form the correct shape to give my upper teeth a place to match up with in my lower jaw, I didn’t want to end up with the filling too high and causing me more problems. Once it had set hard, I chewed carefully on it for a day or so. I am very cautious here, because I didn’t want it falling out. After a couple of days – maybe a week – the filling felt solid and smooth to touch with my tongue (no sharps etc), and I felt more confident with eating on it. Not long after, I forgot it was there and just ate normally without thinking about it.
All this was five months ago now. Yes – the temp filling is more than good – its fantastic – I have had it in place now for that long. If it had only lasted around half that time I would have been pleased with it.
There are restrictions in terms of what kind of dentistry it can be used for – the details of these are inside the box and include certain kinds of cavity and also linings. I would buy another pack though just to have it in handy.
All in all because I have such a fear of the dentist I see this as a saving grace and would strongly recommend it to anyone so long as they get advice from a dentist first. This is your enamel and teeth we are talking about here, and you cannot afford to perform this sort of dental treatment without expert advice.