How to temporarily replace a tooth filling

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How to temporarily replace a tooth filling
Temporarily Replace a Tooth Filling

Fear not. You can temporarily fill a tooth or hold a dislodged crown in place for up to a couple of weeks.


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    Look for the early signs of having lost a filling or dislodged a crown: pain when cold air, food, liquids or your tongue touch the tender area.

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    Wash your hands thoroughly with antiseptic soap.

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    Put on latex gloves if you are treating someone other than yourself.

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    Prepare a mixture to use as temporary filling if you do not have a premixed temporary filling compound from your dentist. A standard mixture available with some first aid kits is a mix of zinc oxide powder and oil of cloves, but you can improvise by rolling a ball of sugarless gum, ski wax or candle wax.

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    Rinse the mouth thoroughly with disinfected water.

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    Apply a drop of oil of cloves (also known as "eugenol") to the hole in the mouth. This will reduce the pain.

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    Roll the temporary filling into a small ball and place the ball gently into the exposed area, making certain to cover any exposed tissue.

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    Bite down, lining the tooth up with the tooth above or below it.

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    Wait for the filling to harden if you are using a premixed filling or a mixture of zinc oxide powder and oil of cloves.

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    Evacuate immediately and see a dentist.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
  • This information is not intended to be a substitution for professional medical advice or treatment.

Things you need

  • Premixed Temporary Filling Compound
  • Advanced First Aid Certification
  • Evacuation Plan
  • First Aid Books
  • Wilderness First Aid Classes
  • Candle Wax
  • Sugarless Gum
  • Antibacterial Soaps
  • Dental Floss
  • First Aid Kits
  • Latex Gloves
  • Oil Of Cloves
  • Soft-bristled Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Zinc Oxide Powder
  • Dental Exam
  • Dental Insurance
  • Evacuation Insurance
  • First Aid Classes
  • Ski Wax
  • Water Bottles

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