Just Say No to DIY Dentistry

There are many around the house projects where a drill comes in handy, such as building a table or installing shelves. However, there’s one project from around the house that you never thought to use a drill on: filling your own cavities. But Dentidrill, a new product from The Netherlands, says you can and should drill your own cavities and fill them at home.

The drill claims it comes with all you need to do the job: a drill, a curing light for white fillings, a polisher, a dental mirror, and even a couple doses of lidocaine. However, there’s one thing it doesn’t come with: dental expertise. And this is probably the most important tool of all, because if you don’t know what you’re doing, you may cause some serious damage to your teeth.

Drilling Too Shallow

One of the dangers of trying to drill your own cavities (or those of a loved one) is that you may not drill deep enough, leaving behind some damaging bacteria. This bacteria can survive even under the filling, working its way through your tooth until it either creates a weakened tooth that is likely to fail under biting forces, or finds its way into your tooth’s pulp, a chamber of living tissue inside the tooth.

Once bacteria infect your tooth pulp, they can cause an infection that requires a root canal or it can spread to other places in the body, including your jaw, other teeth, sinuses, or brain.

Drilling Too Deep

Drilling too deep is another danger of trying to drill without proper expertise. An experienced dentist knows about how much tooth enamel and/or dentin separates the tip of the drill from the pulp chamber and won’t drill too deep. However, if you do, your patient may experience:

  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to heat or cold

  • A weakened tooth, susceptible to cracking

  • A compromised pulp chamber

And once you have broken into the tooth pulp chamber, your patient is likely going to need a root canal to prevent a dangerous infection.

Drill Slipping

A dental drill can be dangerous in the wrong hands. Like any drill, it can be hard to get started, and it may slide off a hard surface. If this happens in your mouth, you can get hurt. A dentist, on the other hand, has experience handling a drill and can expertly use it to drill the cavity.

These few examples are only the beginnings of problems that may come from drilling your own cavity or someone else’s. Don’t put your health or your loved ones at risk, please contact Dr. James Polley in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

By |November 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|