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If you have a problem with one of your teeth, your dentist may choose to fix it with a filling. Fillings can be used to repair cavities, protect a tooth that has had a root canal or has been cracked. However, there may be occasions when the dentist may use a temporary filling. If you are waiting for a custom crown or filling to be made, or you have recently had a root canal, the dentist will give you a temporary filling to protect your tooth until the time comes to make permanent repairs.

A temporary filling obviously is not made to last a lifetime, hence the name. However, you will need to keep it in good shape and protect it from damage until your permanent restoration is ready. When our dentist, Dr. Keith Blackmon places your filling, he will give you instructions for taking care of it. For example, you should be careful with what you eat or chew. You should avoid hard or tough foods which could dislodge the filling; or sticky foods or gum which could pull it out. When you eat, try to remember to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. You will still need to brush and floss your teeth while you wait for your permanent restoration, but be careful when cleaning the tooth with the filling. Brush and floss very gently.

A temporary filling will keep your tooth healthy and you comfortable until your dentist places your new restoration. If you have a problem with your teeth in Dothan, Alabama, you should make an appointment at Family Dental Care of Dothan for treatment. Don’t wait until you can’t stand the pain any longer. Call 334-792-5711 today to make an appointment.