Written on: 04/01/2014
The first time I used Toofy pegs, it was a disaster! I couldn't get the dental filling to soften enough to mould. It would be soft enough for a few seconds but by the time I'd got it to my mouth and played around etc, it was hard and not sticking. I gave up but never threw the kit away 'just in case'.
This time my experience was much better but I think because I did things differently. I got everything ready, clean mouth, sterilised tools and washed hands etc. I used boiling water straight from the kettle as soon as it clicked off and submerged a fraction of the stick in a half filled dessert size bowl. It took a couple of go's but I managed to manipulate the shape, cut off excess, re soften and stick back in.
I would recommend using boiling water and a tool to remove the dental filling from the water and not your fingers! Obviously be careful not to burn yourself! I didn't find that the filling was too hot by the time I got it to my mouth. Before, those few seconds meant that it was too hard, this time it cooled just enough not to burn but still be malleable.
This was my experience. I wanted to share as I have read reviews of people having the same problem. My instructions told me to use hot but not boiling water. Personally that was no good for me. For the sake of health and safety, perhaps they are not supposed to recommend boiling water (??) and for disclaimer purposes - neither am I recommending it. However, personally, I found that it wouldn't work without. Take what you will from that statement.
I did the filling three hours ago and so far, so good. I have eaten a full meal - although I have been trying to chew on the other side. My 'filling' does not feel loose, nor does it feel completely secure. It feels as though it may hold for a couple of days or so.
I would be happy if this even held for two days! I am currently without a dentist and this will give me a chance to protect the tooth until I can get booked in, even if I had to keep re doing it.
I bought my Toofy pegs from Savers. I can't remember exactly but I think the kit was around £3.50. I'm fairly sure it was no more than £5.00, which, in my mind, makes it good value for money.I do think it would be more expensive elsewhere.
The filling isn't meant to be permanent, nor even anywhere near temporary' dentists filling, (which can actually last for several months) so I think we need to be reasonable in our expectations.
I would like to think that this would last a couple of days to possibly a week or two. I will update on my personal timeline.
I have no experience with the Toofy peg crown adhesive, although, according to other reviews, it seems this is more highly though of than the dental filling cement.
I hope this helps someone. I just wanted to share this review as I know how frightening it can be to find yourself in need of a filling with no available dentist.
PLEASE NOTE -If you are experiencing any throbbing pain, swelling or oozing from the tooth then Toofy pegs are not at all recommended. These are signs of a possibly infected/abscessed tooth and you need to deal with the infection before anything else. PLEASE ring for help and professional advice if this is the case. The sooner you act, the higher your chances are of saving the tooth. Also, if you cannot obtain antibiotics for any reason, please look up 'natural antibiotics' i.e garlic and other natural remedies. See what you think may work for you. Always look into interactions with present medications. Even herbal medicines can be dangerous when mixed with prescription medicines.
Goodluck to anyone reading this. I do hope your situation turns out well for you.
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