I've had a temporary filling in one tooth for about a month, and I wondered how long I can expect it to hold out for? It was a tooth that was supposed to have RCT, but my dentist thought I may be better with an extraction, hence the temporary filling. I haven't decided which to go for yet. My dentist told me it was impossible to say exactly when it might last until: she estimated 6 months or so, but she was clear it could be ok for longer, or I might have problems sooner. So I realise there's probably no exact answer to this, but I wondered what the 'usual' might be?
Also, what does it actually mean for it to 'stop working' or 'fail' - what will happen? Will it come apart? Or will it be intact but I'll get toothache?? I've realised I've no idea!
Really, I want to know how long I can prolong dealing with it for - I'm going through a very very busy and difficult time in my life, and would prefer to wait until hopefully things are a bit easier before I deal with this. Especially as I need to go through the process of finding and getting a new dentist, before I have any further treatment, and I really can't face/don't have time for that at the minute. However, if I might suddenly need treatment at any point, it would be even worse if that happened and I had to suddenly find a dentist and be treated without getting used to them first. So if it's likely I'll need something doing sooner rather than later, then I suppose I'll need to get dentist-searching/trying now, so I'm 'ready'.
Hope that's clear. Thanks for your help.