A 41-year-old member asked:
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Will losing temporary filling after root canal ok?

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Dr. John Yu
Dr. John Yu answered
15 years experience in Endodontics
No: It is normal to wear out some of the temporary filling. However, it is not good to have the temporary filling completely out. Once the inside of the tooth is exposed to contaminants like saliva, bacteria and food, root canal will become contaminated and eventually leak. Go back to your dentist right the way to have it checked.
Answered on Jan 16, 2016
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Dr. John DeWolf
Dr. John DeWolf commented
39 years experience in Dentistry
I agree with Dr. Yu but if the temp. filling is over compressible cotton pellets, often it settles into the tooth creating the feeling of a hole but maintaining the seal. Get it checked out to be sure.
Sep 29, 2013

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