A temporary filling is exactly what it sounds like: a temporary treatment to restore a damaged tooth. These fillings aren’t meant to last, so you’ll need to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to have the temporary filling replaced with a permanent one as a semi-permanent solution.
A filling is typically a simple, early treatment for tooth decay, and it may cause the tooth to be sensitive for a short period of time. Fillings can chip or crack over time, allowing food to become trapped between the tooth and the filling. A dentist, on the other hand, will usually check your fillings during a regular dental check-up.
A crown is sometimes used instead of a filling by a dentist. When there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling, a crown is used to protect the tooth’s structure. Your dentist will advise you on the best option for you.