The dangers of DIY Dentistry

A surprising new trend has been identified, especially among millennials: DIY Dentistry. Now, it is always advised to use a medical professional when diagnosing and treating medical ailments, and the same is true for dentistry.

Doing your own dental work, especially work that requires sharp objects poking and prodding your teeth and gums can be very, very dangerous.

Injury and infection can be avoided by going to a trained professional who works from a sterile, safe and equipped environment.

Why do people choose DIY?

Often people who attempt DIY Dentistry are trying to save on costs by performing makeshift procedures themselves. This is why having dental insurance, such as Affinity, can be so beneficial, so that when the time comes that you need to have costly procedures done on your teeth, you have a financial safety net in place!

A popular DIY among many is filling cavities.

Millennium Dentistry says: “Most dentists will fill thousands of cavities during their careers. It is a very routine procedure. But what if you’re suffering from a painful cavity and cannot get to a dental office? A truck driver once decided to do the job himself. He “cleaned out” the cavity using a dental pick and an electric toothbrush. He then decided to “fill” the cavity with a metal adhesive designed for automotive work. Once he was able to visit a qualified dentist, the tooth had to be pulled.

This example is certainly extreme, but patients do poke, prod and scrape at suspected cavities all the time. While most will not try to fill their own cavities, many will attempt minor, at-home dentistry before visiting a licensed dentist.

Another DIY that has gained momentum is Tooth Extraction. Delta Dental explains: “Patients who fear the dentist often don’t visit until they’re in pain. If you’ve waited on a tooth that’s so painful that you’re considering pulling it out yourself, stop. Tooth extraction is a form of oral surgery — it’s best to allow a professional dentist to analyse and make the final decision, regardless of what “professionals” on the internet say.

“A dentist has the skills and training to determine if the tooth is impacted and if it can be saved. If extraction is necessary, the dentist will have the right instruments, including numbing agents and dissolving stitches that make the process as simple and painless as possible.

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