WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT TEMPORARY TOOTH FILLINGS
While many of us probably think of our teeth as being endlessly durable and low-maintenance, it’s still possible to damage them, or sustain wear and tear over time. In some occasions, the wear or damage may be severe enough that your dentist recommends a filling, to restore a damaged tooth and prevent any further issues.1
Potential reasons for needing a dental filling may include:1
- Tooth decay. This is the most common reason for needing a filling. Tooth decay occurs when dental plaque builds up and turns sugars in the mouth into acid, which then damages your teeth.2 Fillings are often required if tooth decay progresses to the point of causing holes in the teeth (cavities).2
- Acid erosion. Acids in the mouth from an acidic diet or conditions like acid reflux can damage your tooth enamel and leave you needing a filling.
- Injury. If you’ve suffered a chipped or broken tooth, your dentist may be able to repair it with a filling.
HOW SHOULD I LOOK AFTER MY TEMPORARY FILLING?
You should ask your dentist if they have any specific guidance for you on caring for your temporary filling. In general, though, you can expect a little bit of caution to be necessary, as temporary fillings are more fragile than permanent ones.
You may need to be quite careful when you brush and floss. When removing floss, you should gently pull it out to the side instead of pulling it up and out, to keep from accidentally pulling out your temporary filling.
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