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Step 1

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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Step 2

Wash your hands thoroughly with antiseptic soap.

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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.

  • 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.
  • Prepare a mixture to use as temporary filling if you do not have a premixed temporary filling compound from your dentist.
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Step 5

Rinse the mouth thoroughly with disinfected water.

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Step 6

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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Step 7

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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Step 8

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

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Step 9

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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Step 10

Evacuate immediately and see a dentist.