Temporary Fillings vs. Permanent Fillings

Allston, MA Cavity Fillings with Dr. DentalMost people do not know there is a difference between temporary dental fillings and permanent fillings. More so, many people believe that a temporary filling is flimsy and not as strong as a permanent dental filling. This is not true.

Temporary fillings are placed in a patient’s mouth usually during an emergency. These fillings are white but are obviously unnatural. As our dentist will tell you, a temporary filling can last over a year but should be replaced as soon as possible.

Dental fillings that are permanent will need replacement between ten and twenty years after installation, depending on the type of dental filling material your Allston dentist uses for your procedure.

Unlike permanent dental fillings, temporary dental fillings are used by your dentist as a way to protect the infected tooth from hot or cold beverages and foods and keep out any additional bacteria. Sometimes the temporary filling is placed on while the patient takes an antibiotic. Other times, however, the temporary filling is a solution until the patient can come up with his or her financial obligation to insert a permanent, more cosmetic-friendly dental filling.

Teeth Fillings in Allston, MAOur Dr. Dental dentists try to work with patients in need of a dental filling procedure. Knowing time and money is important, the best suited options should always be presented. Not wearing a temporary dental filling or the temporary filling for too long can result in bacteria harvesting within the hollowed out cavity, causing a multitude of oral concerns- even infections that can go to the brain!

If you know you’re in need of a dental filling, call our Allston, MA dentist today. Let’s review your need, concerns, and address if a temporary or permanent dental filling is right for you.