Temporary Fillings – Why Would You Need One?

April 15, 2021 1

Has your dentist recommended that you get a temporary filling? You may be wondering why this would be necessary and a permanent filling wasn’t put in right away. These fillings aren’t meant to last and wear out quickly, but they can be useful in several situations. So when are temporary fillings used?

Dental Emergencies

If you suffered tooth trauma and your dentist gave you an emergency appointment, there simply might not be enough time to place a final filling. Fortunately, a temporary filling will help to ease your pain until your next visit when the tooth can be completely restored.

Nerve Issues

In some cases, bacteria can develop close to the nerve, requiring a root canal. If the dentist cannot determine whether the tooth will survive, a temporary filling can be placed to determine the possible outcome. After a few weeks the dentist can determine if you need a tooth extraction. If you don’t need an extraction then a permanent filling can be put in.

In Between Dental Appointments

A temporary filling may be put in place to keep your tooth sealed while the medicine inside does its job. When you return, a permanent filling will be put in and it will likely be capped off with a dental crown.


Some nerves can become hypersensitive after a filling, so in some cases, a sedative temporary filling will be put into your tooth first so that the nerve has time to settle before the permanent filling. Remember that your temporary filling isn’t intended to last, and they can fall out and fracture easily.

It is extremely important that you follow up with your dental treatment as outlined by your dentist so that the permanent filling can be placed in a timely manner.

Sedation and Implant Dentistry Irvine offers same day emergency appointments. Please contact us if you have any questions about temporary dental fillings or need immediate assistance.


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