Fillings restore full health and functionality to a tooth effectively. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair teeth that have been worn down over time.
What is a temporary filling
A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth while the restoration is being made, and are used under the following circumstances:
- For fillings that require more than one appointment — for example, before placement of gold fillings and for certain filling procedures (called indirect fillings) that use composite materials
- Following a root canal
- To allow a tooth’s nerve to “settle down” if the pulp became irritated
- If emergency dental treatment is needed (such as to address a toothache)
Temporary fillings are not meant to last.
They usually fall out, fracture, or wear out within a month.
Contact your dentist to have a temporary filling replaced with a permanent one.
If you don’t, the tooth could become infected or you could have other complications
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