Why Do I Need a Temporary Restoration?

why do I need a temporary restoration

Temporary dental restorations are a vital part of dentistry. They play an important role in preserving the health and function of teeth, and they serve several key purposes. In this blog post, we will explore what temporary dental restorations are and why they are necessary. We will also take a look at the different types of materials that are used to make them. So, if you’re curious about temporary restorations, keep reading!

What are Temporary Dental Restorations?

Temporary dental restorations are just what they sound like – temporary! They are not meant to be a permanent solution, but rather a stop-gap measure until a more permanent restoration can be placed. There are many different types of temporary dental restorations, but they all serve the same basic purpose: to protect the tooth and restore its function.

Why are Temporary Dental Restorations Necessary?

Temporary restorations are often placed after preparing your tooth for an indirect restoration. An indirect restoration is a permanent restoration that is made outside of the mouth (in a dental lab). It usually takes two or more visits to complete and it can take 1-2 weeks for the restoration to be made. During this time, your tooth will be susceptible to damage and decay. A temporary restoration helps to protect your tooth while you wait for your permanent restoration.

There are several reasons why your dentist will place a temporary dental restoration. These include:

Reserve Space

When a tooth is prepared for a dental restoration, the natural tooth structure is altered to leave space for the new restoration. It is necessary to fill this space with a temporary restoration to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into it. This also ensures that the permanent restoration will fit seamlessly into the intended space.


shaded full sized tooth restoration shown over a broken tooth piece

A temporary restoration can also be used to protect a tooth that has been damaged or is susceptible to damage. For example, if you have a tooth that is cracked, a temporary restoration can help to prevent the crack from getting worse until the permanent restoration can be placed. Temporary restorations can also protect a tooth that has been reduced in size or that has exposed dentin. This also protects the tooth from developing a pulp infection.

Allows for Proper Eating and Speaking

Another reason why your dentist may place a temporary restoration is to maintain the function of the tooth. This is especially important if the tooth is in a visible area of the mouth, such as the front teeth. A temporary restoration will allow you to eat and speak properly until the permanent restoration can be placed.

Maintain the Gum Line

Another reason for placing a temporary restoration is to maintain the gum line. The gums can recede after preparing a tooth for a new restoration, so placing a temporary restoration helps to provide support and prevent gum recession. A temporary restoration will help to keep the gum line healthy and prevent further damage. Placing a temporary restoration also maintains the contour of the gums so that they will fit over the new restoration properly.

Provide a Preview

Lastly, a temporary restoration can be used to give you a preview of your new smile. This is especially helpful in cases where you are getting veneers or other cosmetic dental work done. It allows you and your dentist to make sure that you are happy with the results before committing to the permanent restoration. However, keep in mind that the permanent restorations look and feel better than the temporary versions.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have explored what temporary dental restorations are and why they are necessary. As you can see, there are many reasons why your dentist may place a temporary dental restoration. These restorations are an important part of dentistry and play a vital role in preserving the health and function of your teeth. We hope that this has given you a better understanding of these important dental appliances. If you have any questions about temporary dental restorations, or if you would like to learn more about them, please contact our office. We would be happy to help!

Dr. Sisko

Dr. Gerald Sisko graduated from Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1987. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Akron Dental Society where he is currently holding a council position. He has had the honor and distinction of being awarded “TOP DENTIST” in Akron and Cleveland as well as Northeast Ohio for the last several consecutive years.


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