‘DIY’ tasks certainly instill a certain amount of confidence in any individual. Taking a task that otherwise could be handled by a paid professional and resolving it correctly on your own can certainly be empowering. With the rise in popularity of YouTube, there are many tasks nowadays that have gone from being things you hire a plumber or mechanic to do, to being things you can handle yourself. Beyond the empowering nature of learning to do something yourself is also the added benefit of saving money hand over fist.

But like anything else, there are limits. Fixing a taillight on a car, with proper instruction, can potentially be handled by an amateur rather than a mechanic. Changing out a transmission, however, is another task altogether.

Similarly, when it comes to dentistry, watching a video that discusses fixing a broken crown without professional assistance is like trying to fix a blown engine with no auto experience whatsoever. If you can even get the car to start without hurting yourself, the vehicle is likely to pose a danger to the driver.

This is why there is no safe do-it-yourself dentistry. Unfortunately, this is a trend that is on the rise. It does not come without consequence.

DIY Dentistry Risks

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Some of the videos are more shocking than others. What may even seem like decent work to an amateur is often a horrifying failure in the eyes of a trained professional. There are some videos that even advise individuals on how to remove teeth that are causing pain with pliers. Often the individuals in the video will exclaim that the pain is gone and the procedure went just fine without dentist involvement. Close inspection of the video, however, shows that the entirety of the tooth has not been removed. Along with the root, teeth can be quite long. These individuals have essentially broken off half the tooth, leaving the remainder more difficult to remove and open to infection, causing more pain, oral health problems, and higher dental bills.

Trying to replace missing fillings or crowns can cause similar issues. One method recommends using super glue. Not only is this not adequate in resolving the problem, but it makes it more difficult for a professional dentist to treat later. Now they have to resolve removing strong adhesive from your mouth in addition to resolving your dental problem!

Steps to Take in an Emergency

DIY dentistry is always a no go, but in the event of an emergency, there are some things you can do. First, understand that offices like City Dental Centers will treat an emergency same day. If your emergency happens outside of office hours, there are still other options. There are over-the-counter dental repair kits that you can find at your local drugstore. They are NOT permanent fixes and you must visit a dentist as soon as possible. Before you begin using the kit, ensure that you clean the affected area with mild warm salt water to remove any debris. Depending on the severity of the emergency, using a toothbrush may or may not be recommended. Read the instructions on the kit carefully, rather than resorting to YouTube, get through the night, and see a dentist as soon as possible the following morning.

Understanding why YouTube is not the best resource for dental help is really just common sense. Professional dentists would have nothing to gain from trying to show you how to resolve dental issues on your own and everything to lose. There is no safe way to treat yourself without a license in dentistry and advising otherwise would simply be putting their license on the line. As such, the only individuals providing advice on YouTube are amateurs who decided to put their oral health at risk. Unfortunately in choosing to put such advice online, they are putting your health at risk as well. Do not take their advice! In the event of an emergency, seek out a trained dentist to resolve your concerns.

City Dental Centers takes emergency care seriously. As mentioned previously, in the event of a dental emergency their doctors will see you same day. Don’t put your oral health at risk! If you have an emergency dental concern, contact City Dental Centers immediately!

City Dental Centers is Here for You

City Dental Centers is a standout dental practice that cares for its patients and treats them like family. If you’re a patient at City Dental Centers, you’ll know the difference right away in terms of patient care, professionalism, and comfort in dental proceedings. We make emergencies a priority and will see a patient with an emergency the same day.
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Patients come to City Dental Centers for a reason. We set the bar high for what anyone could ever expect of a dental practice and we seek to be the best each and every time you schedule a visit at any of our four conveniently located Southern California locations.

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Convenient Dentist Offices in Southern California

Doctor Sam Shahovesi and the team at City Dental Centers are here to provide our patients with the best dental services and dental surgeries for children and adults of all ages. From toddlers to seniors, City Dental Centers offers six convenient dentist offices in Southern California. We even have a dedicated children’s dentist office, City Dental Kids & Braces, to cater to the special physical and emotional needs of children.

Whether you need checkups, x-rays, braces, bonding, teeth whitening, sealants, oral cancer screenings, root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, or tooth extraction, City Dental Centers is here to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.

Contact The Nearest Dentist to You

Ready to experience the best dentists in Los Angeles? Choose one of the convenient dental offices we have surrounding LA. We have dental practices in AzusaCoronaLake ForestMontclairPico Rivera, and West Covina. You can call our main line at (888) 624-8933 or reach out to an office directly with the information below. We’re so happy you’ve chosen City Dental Centers. We can’t wait to help you along your dental journey and brighten your beautiful smile!

Dentist in Azusa, CA

Location: 483 S. Citrus Ave. Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 966-3400

Dentist in Corona, CA

Location: 161 McKinley St. STE 102, Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (951) 737-3746

Dentist in Lake Forest, CA

Location: 24602 Raymond Way #210, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: (949) 461-5800

Dentist in Montclair, CA

Location: 5182 Moreno St, Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: (909) 295-3477

Dentist in Pico Rivera, CA

Location: 9400 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 949-2526

Dentist in West Covina, CA

Location: 154 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 962-1722