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Dental Fillings in Ayrshire

Say goodbye to cavities and damaged teeth with dental fillings. At Quadrant Dental Practice, we’re dedicated to providing you with a personalised and effective solution. Our team uses the latest techniques and materials to create high-quality, long-lasting fillings that blend seamlessly with your unique smile.

Book a consultation with us and discover the benefits of a restored smile.

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a common and effective solution for repairing cavities and restoring the function and appearance of damaged teeth. At Quadrant Dental Practice, we use the latest techniques and materials to provide our patients with high-quality, long-lasting fillings that blend seamlessly with their natural teeth.

Dental fillings can be made of a variety of materials, including amalgam (silver), composite resin, gold, and porcelain. At Quadrant Dental Practice, we offer a range of filling options, including tooth-coloured composite resin fillings, which blend seamlessly with your natural teeth and provide a more natural-looking result.

How are Dental Fillings Placed?

Dental Fillings in Ayrshire at Quadrant Dental Practice

The placement of dental fillings is a routine procedure that is designed to restore the function and appearance of damaged or decayed teeth. The process begins with the numbing of the affected area to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The damaged tooth structure is removed and the area is filled with your selected filling material. The material is then shaped and polished to match the natural contour of the tooth, resulting in a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.

Why Should I Get a Filling?

Dental fillings are typically recommended for individuals with cavities or other types of tooth damage. The type of filling used will depend on the location and extent of the damage, as well as the patient’s preferences and budget.

Dental fillings offer several benefits, including:

  • Repairing cavities and restoring the function of damaged teeth
  • Preventing further decay and damage to the tooth
  • Improving the appearance of the tooth
  • Providing a long-lasting solution for restoring oral health

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a dental filling last?

The lifespan of a dental filling will depend on several factors, including the location and extent of the damage, the type of filling used, and the patient’s oral hygiene habits. On average, dental fillings can last between 5 and 15 years.

How do I maintain my fillings?

Dental fillings require proper care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. This includes regular dental check-ups and cleanings, avoiding hard or sticky foods that can put excessive pressure on the filling, and practicing good oral hygiene habits.

Does getting a dental filling hurt?

At Quadrant Dental Practice, we take steps to ensure that our patients are comfortable during the filling process. This may include numbing the affected area with local anaesthesia. Most patients experience little to no discomfort during the procedure.

Can dental fillings be used to repair broken teeth?

Yes, dental fillings can be used to repair broken teeth, in addition to cavities. The extent of the damage will determine the type of filling used and the steps necessary to restore the tooth.

Are dental fillings safe?

Dental fillings have been used for decades and are considered a safe and effective solution for repairing cavities and restoring damaged teeth. The materials used in fillings have been thoroughly tested and have a proven track record of safety and effectiveness.

What are the different types of dental fillings available?

Several types of dental fillings are available, including amalgam (silver) fillings, composite (tooth-coloured) fillings, gold fillings, and ceramic fillings. Each type has unique characteristics, and the choice depends on factors such as the location of the filling, aesthetic preferences, and the extent of tooth decay.

How do I know if I have a cavity that needs a filling?

Common signs of a cavity include tooth sensitivity, pain when biting or chewing, visible holes or pits on the tooth’s surface, and dark spots or discoloration. Regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection of cavities, as some may not exhibit noticeable symptoms in the early stages.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with dental fillings?

While dental fillings are generally safe, some individuals may experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after the procedure. Allergic reactions to filling materials are rare but possible. Our dentists carefully consider the patient’s medical history and preferences when selecting the appropriate filling material to minimise potential risks.

Can dental fillings fall out, and what should I do if it happens?

While uncommon, dental fillings can loosen or fall out over time, especially if there is recurrent decay or if the filling material is compromised. If a filling falls out, it’s essential to contact our dentist promptly. Avoid chewing on the affected side and practice good oral hygiene until the dentist can evaluate and repair or replace the filling.

What is the difference between amalgam and composite fillings?

Amalgam fillings are made of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. They are durable and cost-effective but may be more noticeable. Composite fillings, made of a tooth-coloured resin material, blend seamlessly with natural tooth colour, making them a popular choice for visible areas. Composite fillings are also versatile and bond directly to the tooth, preserving more of its natural structure.

How do I take care of my teeth after getting a dental filling?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial after getting a dental filling. This includes regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing to remove plaque and debris between teeth, and attending routine dental check-ups. Avoiding excessive consumption of sugary foods and beverages can also contribute to the longevity of the filling.

Can I eat and drink immediately after getting a dental filling?

While patients can generally resume normal eating and drinking soon after a dental filling, it’s advisable to wait until any numbness from the anaesthesia wears off to avoid accidentally biting the cheek or tongue. Dentists may provide specific post-filling care instructions based on the type of filling material used.

Can I replace my old amalgam fillings with tooth-coloured fillings?

Yes, patients can opt to replace old amalgam fillings with tooth-coloured composite fillings for cosmetic reasons or due to concerns about the mercury content in amalgam. However, the decision to replace fillings should be made in consultation with our dentist, considering the overall oral health and individual circumstances.

Can children get dental fillings?

Yes, children can receive dental fillings if they have cavities or tooth decay. The process is similar to that for adults, with dentists using age-appropriate materials and techniques. Early intervention and preventive measures are crucial to maintaining children’s oral health.

Can dental fillings cause tooth sensitivity?

Some patients may experience temporary tooth sensitivity after getting a dental filling. This sensitivity is typically a result of the tooth’s response to the filling material and should subside within a few days. If sensitivity persists or worsens, it’s important to consult with the dentist.

What should I do if I experience pain or discomfort after getting a dental filling?

Mild discomfort or sensitivity is normal after a dental filling, but persistent or severe pain may indicate an issue that requires attention. Patients experiencing prolonged discomfort should contact the dentist to assess the cause and determine the appropriate course of action.

How does a dentist determine the type of filling I need?

Our dentists consider various factors, including the size and location of the cavity, the patient’s oral health, and individual preferences, when determining the type of filling. They may discuss the pros and cons of different materials and work collaboratively with the patient to make an informed decision.

Why Choose Us for Fillings?

At Quadrant Dental Practice, we are proud to have a dedicated team of dental professionals who are committed to providing high-quality dental care to our patients. Our team includes experienced dentists, hygienists, nurses and a management team who are knowledgeable, friendly, and compassionate. We have dentists who are experienced in Dental Fillings. Our team is here to provide personalised and effective treatments that meet your unique needs and goals.

What Our Patients Think of Us

Helen Brown
Helen Brown
Peter is a fantastic dentist. I can’t thank him enough for giving me back my smile and confidence. I would highly recommend Peter he is so kind and patient 😊
Tevfik Boztepe
Tevfik Boztepe
Very professional,  I will never forget your kindness during my treatment. As nervous as I was to go through with it, you made sure that I felt comfortable and not just another number on the chart.I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so kind dr Donald.  You are the best dentist I have ever been to.
Always well looked after ,had first app since covid, donald reassured me and got app for tooth repair quickly.
Tigerlilly Feelfree
Tigerlilly Feelfree
I am so happy with the treatment I recieved today. I was terrified because I have been in so much pain but I was well looked after and the tooth was taken in minutes. I can't thank the dentist enough ❤
Gillian Bell
Gillian Bell
Was made to feel at ease as was feeling slightly nervous, Donald makes sure that you are comfortable and relaxed, as do the rest of the team. Highly recommend!
James Millar
James Millar
Fantastic practice with exceptional staff.
Ralph Pottie
Ralph Pottie
Always a professional and friendly service.
Stephan Conze
Stephan Conze
Of all the Dental practices I have been to, this is genuinely the one I have felt the most well looked after at. It is in a pleasant location, well maintained and has very friendly staff. The dentist are very professional and great and making you feel at ease. I have only positive things to say of the Quadrant Dental Practice and their team.

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