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Temporary Restorations

Temporary fillings, also known as provisional or interim fillings, are short-term dental restorations addressing immediate tooth needs while awaiting a permanent solution like a crown or permanent filling.

At the Dentist

Treatment Process

  • Assessment of Tooth Condition: Dental hygienist evaluates tooth damage, considering additional treatments, and uses a temporary filling if needed.

  • Removal of Decay or Damaged Tissue: Decay or damaged tooth structure is removed, preparing the tooth for the temporary filling.

  • Cleaning and Shaping: Thorough cleaning and shaping of the tooth to accommodate the temporary filling material.

  • Moisture Control: Tooth is kept dry using materials like cotton rolls or a rubber dam during temporary filling placement.

  • Application of Temporary Filling Material: Soft and pliable material (zinc oxide-eugenol or temporary resin composite) is applied, adapting to the tooth's contours and allowed to set.

  • Adjustment and Shaping: Dental hygienist checks bite, makes adjustments for proper alignment, and shapes the filling for comfort and function.

  • Instructions for Care: Patient receives care instructions, including avoiding certain foods and maintaining good oral hygiene.

  • Follow-Up for Permanent Restoration: Temporary filling acts as a placeholder until a permanent solution (crown or permanent filling) is placed, with a follow-up appointment scheduled.


  • Protection of Tooth Structure: Prevents further damage or decay, safeguarding the exposed tooth structure.

  • Pain Relief: Offers relief for sensitive or painful teeth by sealing off damaged areas.

  • Preservation of Tooth Function: Maintains tooth functionality, allowing comfortable chewing and biting.

  • Prevention of Bacterial Ingress: Seals off the tooth, reducing the risk of bacterial entry and potential infection.

  • Minimization of Sensitivity: Covers exposed dentin and nerve endings, minimizing tooth sensitivity.

  • Maintaining Aesthetics: Preserves a natural appearance until a permanent restoration is in place.

  • Flexibility in Treatment Planning: Allows immediate issue addressing while coordinating a long-term solution with the patient.

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Temporary fillings are short-term remedies, not permanent solutions. They bridge the gap until permanent restorations are in place, emphasizing the importance of regular follow-up appointments for overall oral health.

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