DIY Dentistry … And Why You Shouldn’t!

Recent study shows a worrying trend that could lead to health problems.

Perhaps it comes from memories of our parents aiding the removal of a wobbly milk tooth by attaching it to a piece of string and slamming the door; but the apparent rise in people either attempting to do their own dental work or asking a friend to do it is very worrying indeed.

We appreciate that some people do struggle financially, and, because of this, at the Confidental Clinic we continue to offer an NHS dental service in Clapham to ensure that everyone has access to quality dental care.

Whilst there are still charges that apply under the NHS, these are relatively low and are certainly preferable to attempting to do dental repairs yourself.

The DIY kit

The DIY dentistry kit that is now available from many chemists can be a useful thing to take with you when you are away from home, especially if, for example, you are hiking in a remote location and somewhere a long way from where you might find a dental practice.

These kits are fine, but they are not designed to be permanent and, even if you replace a filling yourself, you should still ensure that you contact your local dentist when you arrive back home to have it checked and, quite possibly replaced.

Even a simple dental filling can go wrong, despite the materials being of medical grade quality.

One of the biggest problems with an amateur filling is that it does not seal the tooth properly and can leave small gaps which bacteria can get into. It also does not remove the decayed part of the tooth.

This is likely to lead to the tooth becoming infected and may need to be restored through the use of root canal surgery, or even extracted.


You will probably have noticed that, at our Clapham dental practice, our dental staff always wear gloves and masks. This is to prevent infection, especially where an invasive procedure is carried out.

Even with the best intentions in the world, home dentistry simply cannot provide the level of cleanliness and sterility that a professional dental practice can.


It goes without saying that, without a proper anaesthetic, many dental procedures would be painful. This is why we always ensure that the area is fully numbed prior to any work being done.

Anyone attempting to apply dental treatment at home is certainly opening themselves up to significant pain and also potentially health threatening illnesses should the area become infected.

If you are looking for an NHS dentist in Clapham, South West London, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060 and avoid the huge risk of doing it yourself.