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What is Temporary Filling?

Temporary filling is a temporary treatment method used in dentistry, applied to alleviate various dental problems and maintain the functionality of the teeth while waiting for the treatment process. It is usually used as a temporary solution before caries treatment, to address aesthetic concerns or before other dental procedures.

While temporary fillings offer a temporary solution for a variety of conditions, it is important for patients to cooperate with their dentists for a permanent treatment. For permanent dental health, the treatment plan recommended by the dentist should be adhered to and regular check-ups should be performed.

How is Temporary Filling Done?

Temporary filling is applied by dentists as a quick and practical solution for various situations. The process includes the following steps:

Numbing: First, the gums and surrounding area are numbed using a needle or numbing spray for a painless treatment.

Cleaning: The dentist removes the decay or opens the canal. This step may vary depending on the severity of the problem with the tooth.

Mixture Preparation: A special mixture is prepared for the temporary filling. This mixture contains temporary filling materials such as zinc oxide ojenol, glass ionomer or zinc phosphate.

Pouring and Forming: The prepared mixture is poured into the cavity and all voids are filled. Excess material is removed and the filling is shaped to complete the process.

This process is usually faster than permanent filling and offers a temporary solution. However, it is important to make a permanent treatment plan after the temporary filling. In this process, patients should follow the dentist's recommendations and should not neglect regular check-ups.

How Many Days Does a Temporary Filling Last?

Temporary fillings are usually designed for a maximum of 30 days. However, this period may vary depending on the material used, the method applied and the condition of the tooth. A temporary filling is usually used as a temporary solution before caries treatment or other dental procedures.

It is important to consult a dentist immediately if the filling expires, cracks or falls out. It is important to check the temporary filling within the specified period and replace it if necessary to maintain dental health.

Care of Temporary Filling

Temporary fillers require special care as they are not as durable as permanent fillers. Here are the things to be considered about temporary filling:

Nutrition: Until the filling is frozen, hard and sticky foods should be avoided to avoid putting pressure on the filling. Also, avoid extremely hot or cold foods that can cause it to crack or fall out.

Dental Care: Cleaning temporary fillings is part of dental care. However, it is important to act carefully when brushing and flossing. Excessive pressure or improper cleaning can lead to damage to the filling.

Food Selection: Spicy, fatty and sugary foods that can increase the acidity level should be avoided. Such foods can cause the filling to erode or crack.

Pain and Discomfort: If there is any pain or discomfort after a temporary filling, only painkillers recommended by the dentist should be used.

These simple measures can increase the durability of the temporary filling and help maintain dental health without negatively affecting the treatment process. However, in a given situation, the dentist's recommendations should be heeded and follow-up appointments should be regularly scheduled.

Updated Date:04 April 2024Creation Date:21 March 2024