Dental Problems

What are Temporary Dental Fillings?

Temporary dental filling is done to hold in place a displaced crown or a lost filling. A filling is basically a way to repair a tooth that is effected by a decay or a cavity. While performing a filling, the dentist removes the decayed area of the tooth, cleans around it and then fill-in the voided area with a special material that will cater to the shape and form of the tooth.

Temporary Dental Fillings Procedure

  • Clean your hands with an antiseptic soap and put on a pair of latex gloves
  • Prepare the temporary filling – roll a ball of sugarless gum ( or wax ) or use the premixed compound
  • Use the disinfected water to thoroughly rinse the mouth
  • Apply a drop of eugenol ( or oil of cloves ) to the spot in the mouth where the filling or crown was earlier. This should ease the pain in the mouth
  • Place the temporary filling carefully into the hole and be sure to cover exposed tissues if any
  • Gently bite down and line the tooth with the one either below or above it
  • You might want to wait before the filling hardens, in case you are using either the premixed compound or the one from a first aid kit

Instant Dental Filling

If you get long gap between your dental appointments, and if you need an immediate dental filling before going to the dentist (in case of emergencies), the following can help:

  • If your caries are worse, then keep a premixed compound always ready. Premixed compound is used for instant temporary filling, buy it from the dentist in your first visit
  • If you do not have the premixed compound, you could use the mixture available with a few first aid kits
  • In case of emergencies, you could roll a ball of sugarless gum or use candle wax or ski wax to fill the dents

You will also need the following to do the instant filling:

  • Antiseptic soap
  • Latex gloves
  • Some disinfected water
  • Oil of cloves to act as a painkiller

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