How to Use Temporary Filling in Your Teeth

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Temporarily fix a chipped tooth by purchasing temporary filling material at a local drug store and adhering the material to the damaged tooth before heading to the dentist. Learn to repair a damaged tooth temporarily with help from a licensed dental assistant in this free video series on the dental profession.

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So did you just recently break one of your teeth and you're just anxious to know on how to use temporary tooth filling material? Well my name is Michelle and I'm a Dental Assistant with Solutionz and I'm going to show you on how to use temporary filling material. It's pretty easy, what you will need to do if you did happen to break your tooth over the weekend and you don't have the chance to go to your general dentist, you can pretty much go to any pharmacy/drugstore and purchase over the counter temporary filling material. Depending on what type it is, nine times out of ten, it's almost like a putty type material that you would use. What you would do then is you would just need to break off the material, roll it into like a little ball and then place it on the tooth or around the tooth that where you actually broke off at. And then what you're going to need to do is you just press it down, kind of form it around the tooth, so therefore it is filling in where you broke and then make sure it's in there nice and good. And then what, then immediately what you're going to want to do is you're going to want to bite down on the material really good and hard. What this will do, it will cause what we call your actual bite, it will then replicate your bite. So therefore you're not biting too hard on it and you're not going to be causing any damage to the adjacent tooth above it. So what you want to do is just bite down, hold it for the recommended time that it says on the package and usually this can be anywhere from one to two minutes or sometimes even three to five minutes and then release. And then you really want to then avoid that area in the meantime until you're able to go to your general dentist so therefore he would be able to fix it for you correctly. This is only a temporary fix, it's not something that would last more any longer than about a week or so. So you definitely need to go your general dentist; so therefore he can restore the tooth for you. My name is Michelle and I'm a Dental Assistant with Solutionz and I just showed you on how you can use temporary tooth filling material.

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