Temporarily Relieve Tooth Pain Associated With A Missing Filling

25 June 2015
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

If a filling has broken off from one of your teeth and you are experiencing pain, treat the area causing you trouble with some disposable dental supplies. Once the pain has subsided, you will be able to rest comfortably until you are able to be seen by your dentist. 

Use The Following Items

  • dental mirror
  • dental floss
  • warm saltwater
  • rubber gloves
  • dental putty
  • molding tool
  • cotton roll
  • scissors

Remove Broken Fragments And Rinse Mouth

Use a disposable dental mirror to assist with viewing the area that is causing you pain. This type of mirror will fit inside your mouth and allow you to view each side of your tooth up close. Use dental floss to loosen fragments of the filling that are trapped between your teeth. Rinse your mouth out well with warm saltwater once finished. Continue this step a couple times until the pain that you are experiencing has subsided. The saltwater will help numb the exposed nerves in your tooth so that you can calmly apply the dental putty in the next step.

Apply The Putty And Secure It

Put on a pair of rubber gloves to protect the putty from germs that are on your hands. Mold a small amount of tooth putty between two fingers until it is in the shape of a flat disk. Insert the putty in your mouth and use the molding tool to press it into the tooth that has the cavity. Cut a piece of cotton that is long enough to cover the putty and the teeth that surround the damaged area.

Press your teeth together gently so that the cotton rests between the top and bottom row. The cotton will help hold the putty in place until it bonds with your tooth. This may take several minutes. Remove the cotton once finished. 

Wait For The Putty To Harden

The putty will take a couple hours to harden. Refrain from eating or drinking during this time so that the putty does not fall out of your mouth. After the putty has hardened, you can eat food and drink beverages. The putty will keep the nerves in your tooth covered so that they do not cause you to be uncomfortable. Make an appointment with your dentist to have a new filling installed in your tooth. These same steps can be taken if you experience a toothache in the future that is caused by a missing filling or dental crown.