How To Take Care Of Your Temporary Filling

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Steps To Take Care Of Your Temporary Filling

There are many reasons why a dentist may place a temporary dental filling. Maybe you just had a root canal, or maybe you are waiting for a gold filling or crown to be made for a problem tooth. Whatever the reason, if you have such a dental filling, you are probably wondering what you can and cannot do until your tooth is permanently fixed.

Since the filling is temporary, it seems pretty obvious that it needs to come out more easily than a regular filling, so how do you make sure it stays in place until your next dental visit?

Watch What You Chew

Your dentist will tell you that, whenever possible, you should avoid chewing with the side of your mouth that contains the temporary filling.

Temporary fillings can last for several weeks or more, and during this time, it’s easy to forget about your trim and use it occasionally to chew. This shouldn’t be a problem; as long as you chew only gently on this side of the mouth, your filling should be fine. You should avoid certain foods until the temporary filling is removed. Hard and crunchy foods like nuts, fluffy caramel and chewing gum are some examples.

Be Gentle When You Brush and Floss

After getting a temporary filling, you may be somewhat concerned about brushing your teeth, but it’s okay to brush the filled tooth the same way you brush your other teeth. To be safe, use a soft or extra soft bristle toothbrush and brush gently, but carefully.

Flossing around the newly filled tooth can be tricky. If the filling reaches the edge of your tooth, be extra careful when using dental floss. Instead of pulling up when you remove the wire between your teeth, pull it sideways to prevent the wire from catching on and removing the temporary filling.

As long as you practice, your temporary dental filling will be durable enough to last until your next visit to the dentist.

Learn more about different types of fillings at the Beechnut Dental Care procedures.


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We are a dental practice dedicated to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using state-of-the-art conservative procedures that will result in beautiful, lasting smiles!


A standard of excellence in personalized dental care allows us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive treatment planning and use restorative and cosmetic dentistry to achieve your optimal dental health. In the event of a dental emergency, we make every effort to see you and take care of you as soon as possible.


As a practice, we sincerely believe that preventive care and education are the keys to optimal dental health. We strive to provide “dental health care” as opposed to “disease care“. That’s why we focus on in-depth exams – checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking x-rays if necessary. We also know that routine cleanings, dental floss, sealants and fluoride are all helpful in preventing dental disease. Not only do we focus on the beauty of your smile, but we also care about your health. A review of your medical history can help us stay informed about your general health, any new medication, and any illness that may affect your dental health.


Infection control in our office is also very important to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain the sterilization and cross-contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


As dental health professionals, we want you to have confidence in knowing that we are a team of highly qualified and qualified clinicians. We pride ourselves on providing the care you need to keep your smile healthy. To provide you with the best service and the best possible results, we are committed to continuous education and learning. We attend conferences, meetings, and dental conventions to stay informed about new techniques, the latest products, and the latest equipment that a modern dental office can use to provide advanced dental care. In addition, being a member of various professional dental associations helps us stay abreast of changes and recommendations for our profession.


Building a foundation of trust by treating our patients as special people is essential to our success. We understand how uncomfortable some patients feel about their dental visits and how we can make a difference by providing a relaxing and positive experience. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with excellent personalized care and services to make your visits as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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Dr. Kevin Freeman
Dr. Kevin FreemanCEO/Dentist
Eighteen years ago, I graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and got to Texas as soon as I could! Prior to entering private practice, I received advanced training in general dentistry as a post-doctorial resident at the UT Dental Branch in Houston. I’ve been practicing beautiful, healthful dentistry in Meyerland-Bellaire since 2000, and now in our second location on Washington Ave.!

I strongly feel that staying on the cutting edge of dentistry is an essential part of providing optimal care to my patients. Consequently, our team regularly takes courses in infection control standards, current health issues, materials, and techniques, as well as interpersonal communication skills. Because patient care and satisfaction are of the utmost importance to myself and the entire team, we work hard to maintain high standards in all aspects of the care we provide our guests. We are continually adding new services and technologies to the growing list of clinical and cosmetic services we make available to our patients.

Between taking ownership of our practice and having a son, life has changed a lot (for the better!) over the last few years. I continue to enjoy running, biking, and swimming, reading, modern art, and jazz. Most of all, I enjoy valuable moments with my beautiful wife, Jennifer, and my very busy nine-year-old son, Eli.

Dr. Minh-Triet Dang
Dr. Minh-Triet DangAssociate Dentist
Dr. Minh-Triet Dang obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas, Health Science Center in Houston. With the distinct honor of Hanau Best of the Best Award of Excellence in Prosthodontics. He has over 5 years of experience and enjoys all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Dang is committed to providing the best quality treatment for his patients.

When Dr. Dang is not caring for patients, he is at home caring for his mother and the rest of his family. During his free time, he also likes to take drives around Texas, in his cars.