Getting a Temporary Dental Filling

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Many people have had a composite filling to repair cavities. If you have never had one, it means you take good care of your teeth. However, the time will likely come when you need this restorative treatment. It is helpful to know what to expect. With some conditions, you may first need a temporary filling before getting a permanent one.

How a dental filling works

Dentists place fillings in a tooth to repair tooth decay. The filling is usually made of composite resin and is the same color as the tooth. The dentist will first numb the patient and then drill into the tooth. After removing the decay and disinfecting the tooth, the dentist closes the hole with the filling. The dentist smooths the tooth to make sure when the patient bites down, it is a comfortable bite.

Differences in a temporary filling

For minor or moderate cavities, a dental fillingsshould be enough to repair the tooth and relieve the pain. If the patient has a severe cavity or other issues along with the cavity, a temporary filling might be necessary. The dentist would do this because it may take several appointments to resolve the full problem. Still, rather than let the decay persist and the patient remain in pain, the dentist will place a temporary filling. The patient would then return for subsequent appointments for further work. This may include getting a root canal or a crown.

A temporary filling is usually made of glass ionomer, which bonds well with the enamel. It also resists moisture. The filling can guard against further decay and holds up well to bite and any other contact with the teeth. A patient with a temporary filling will likely not tell the difference between it and a permanent one.

How long the patient will have the temporary filling

A regular dental filling can last for several years, depending on the patient’s oral hygiene. A temporary crown is durable but not designed to be a lasting solution. After putting a temporary filling in the patient’s mouth, the dentist will make an appointment to put in the permanent one. This can occur within a few weeks, though sometimes it may have to be in a month or longer. Some patients may choose not to return for the permanent filling, but it is always good to move forward with a new one.

Recovering from getting a filling

Getting a dental filling can cause some discomfort. To numb the patient, the dentist must inject a local anesthetic into the area. This can hurt for a few moments and leave the gums sore for a few hours after the procedure. After getting the filling, the patient may experience some soreness for 24 to 48 hours. The patient should be able to resume regular eating and chewing in a few hours afterward.

An important step in repairing your tooth

Profound tooth decay is nothing to take lightly. You should visit the dentist right away if you have intense pain or swelling in your mouth. A temporary dental cavity can provide relief while you wait for the dentist to resolve the issue. Make an appointment today to get the help you need.

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