Temporary Dentistry- Dentistry

Temporary dentistry may be required if a restorative dental procedure is already completed. It is in the form of a dental composite, bridge, crown, or filling used until a permanent procedure is done. These temporary materials are also known as temps or provisional restorations.

The damaged teeth should be cleaned first before starting temporary dentistry. A few sections of the teeth may be formed or reshaped to make space for the prostheses.

Temporary restoration can be performed using the following techniques:

Direct technique

The dentist will put restoration materials directly into the affected tooth.

Indirect technique

The dentist will make an impression of the damaged tooth, which will be sent to a laboratory where temporary restorations will be made.

Why Is Temporary Dentistry Required?

Temporary dentistry may be required in:

  • Those who wait for final restoration to be done on their teeth
  • Those who wish to have their teeth fitted with inlays and porcelain veneer
  • Those who require a dental crown or dental bridge
  • Patients with more damaged teeth to be repaired

Which Doctor to Consult?

Your dentist will be the primary doctor who will do temporary dentistry procedure. He or she will also explain about the procedure, the risks, as well as after-care.

What to expect during the procedure?

Damaged teeth will be cleaned first before the temporary dentistry procedure starts. A few sections of the teeth might be formed or reshaped to make way for the prostheses.

In the direct method, the composite material are added to the tooth to achieve a near-normal appearance. The dentist may also place a temporary dental crown or bridge to prevent future damage and to keep dental placements strong and holding.

In the indirect method, restorations will be attached to the teeth and will remain in place using temporary cement.

Post-operative care

After the procedure you have to follow this guide to keep your teeth away from damage.

These include:

  • Avoiding hot foods and drinks after the procedure
  • Taking a mild pain reliever and some anti-inflammatory medications if you experience tenderness in the gum tissue and teeth
  • Gargling warm water with ½ tsp. of salt to lessen sensitivity
  • Avoiding hard and sticky foods
  • Using soft-bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth
  • Flossing may be done daily, but you should be careful


It is normal that a patient will feel mild discomfort after the procedure. This discomfort will subside after a week. Also, you will feel a little sensitivity around the mouth, teeth and gums.

Rarely, some patients will become sensitive to hot and cold temperature.

Uncommonly, temporary dentistry may have detachment, however, there are ways to keep it from happening. Ask your dentist for more information.


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