A Filling Repair Kit Can Be Used To Temporarily Fill A Cavity

Posted on: 28 April 2015

If one of your fillings falls out of your mouth and you are experiencing pain, temporarily fill the hole with a filling repair kit. Tubular structures are located in the center of each tooth. If any of them are exposed from a cavity, pain is likely to occur. After using the repair kit, the pain will be eliminated and your tooth will not decay more before you are seen by your dentist.

Use The Following Materials

  • filling repair kit
  • toothpaste (for sensitive teeth)
  • toothbrush
  • cotton ball
  • rubber gloves
  • cup of warm saltwater

Brush Your Teeth And Rinse Out Your Mouth

Use toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth and a soft-bristled toothbrush to dislodge fragments of the old filling. Rinse out your mouth with warm saltwater. Saltwater naturally eliminates tooth pain and will help keep your mouth numb for several minutes as you are preparing the filling repair material that is included in the kit that you have purchased.

Insert The Filling Repair Material

Bacteria on your hands can get on the filling repair material and come in contact with the tooth that you are filling. Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect yourself from this risk. Mold a small amount of the material into a ball shape. Place it on the end of the spoon tool and wedge it into the hole in your tooth. Use gentle but consistent pressure. Once the material has filled the hole, place a cotton ball on top of the material's surface.

Close your mouth so that your teeth are gripping the cotton ball. Wait for the material to set before removing the cotton. This will take several minutes but depends upon the actual kit that you have purchased. Read the instructions that came with it to determine how long you may need to wait.

Avoid Drinking Or Eating For A Couple Hours

After you remove the cotton, avoid beverages and food for a few hours. The reason for doing this is because the repair material will not be hard enough to stay in the cavity if it becomes wet or if excessive pressure is placed on it. After the repair material has hardened, eat meals and drink beverages without any worries.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. The repair kit will prevent you from experiencing pain and will allow you to function as you normally would until you have a new filling installed. 

For more information about dental care, contact a professional such as Yap Adwen P DDS - Family Dentistry.