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What’s the Point of a Temporary Filling?

Posted in Fillings

Temporary fillings will fall out or fall apart usually within a month of being placed. Why not just go straight for the real deal right then?

Why Get a Temporary Restoration

Temporary fillings are very common in emergency situations. It can take time to prepare your tooth to receive a permanent restoration. If you have to make a last-minute emergency trip to the dentist’s, chances are pretty good that your dentist will need to schedule you back to finish treatment. In the meantime, a temporary filling will keep your damaged tooth clean and protected.

You would also get a temporary filling after having a root canal to protect it until it’s ready for a dental crown.

It May Take More Than One Visit

Some dental procedures require more than one appointment to plan them out properly. If you wanted to get your tooth prepared for a gold filling, for example, you would need to wear a temporary for a little while. Such a restoration is also good for cases where the tooth’s pulp isn’t yet stable enough to be capped off.

Another benefit is that temporary filling material contains a substance called eugenol which smells and tastes like cloves. Eugenol is a natural anesthetic which can help soothe and numb a sore tooth.

Taking Care of Temporary Restorations

Even if your tooth feels just fine right now, don’t let that deceive you into thinking you don’t need to go back!

Meanwhile, keep brushing and flossing as you normally would, taking special care around the temporary filling. If your filling falls out, you can find a temporary cement at your local drugstore to tide you over until you can see your dentist again.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358


Worried About Getting Your Cavity Filled?

Posted in Fillings

If you’ve never had a cavity before, you may be a little concerned when you find out that you have one that needs to be filled.  Cavities can happen to anyone at any age and they’re quite common.

How Did I Get A Cavity?

You might be wondering how you came to have a cavity, so that you can prevent another one from developing.  In your mouth, bacteria reside and can flourish under the right conditions.  These bacteria can eat away at the enamel of your tooth, creating a hole.  The first step to preventing cavities is developing good oral hygiene habits:  brush your teeth twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist every six months.

Restoring Your Tooth

To prevent the tooth from decaying further, your dentist will likely recommend a filling.  Your tooth restoration is a simple in-office procedure that’s completed in four steps:

  1. Your dentist wants to make sure that your filling procedure is comfortable for you.  Local anesthesia is used for a painless, easy experience.  If you’re nervous, speak to your dentist about your concerns.  Many dentists often offer sedation, to make the treatment simple and relaxing.
  2. Prior to your restoration being placed, the area of decay must first be removed, cleaned and shaped for a durable bond between the filling and the tooth.
  3. You’re ready for your filling! Your dentist will fill your cavity with durable, tooth-colored composite resin.  A special light is applied to the filling, to cure and harden it.
  4. Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will have you bite on carbon paper to insure that the filling isn’t too high, affecting your bite.

Don’t wait for your cavity to grow into a bigger problem, requiring more extensive (and expensive) treatment.  Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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