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Dental Fillings

Dental filling demonstration using a metal fillingAt 33 Dental, we understand the importance of a healthy, radiant smile. Dental fillings stand as a cornerstone in our commitment to restoring and maintaining optimal oral health for our patients.

Our comprehensive range of filling options addresses cavities, decay, and damage, ensuring a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution tailored to your individual needs.

What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are essential restorative procedures used to treat cavities and repair damaged teeth. They aid in removing decayed portions of teeth and restoring their structure and function.

Types of Filling Materials

There are two main types of dental fillings:

Composite Fillings

Also known as tooth-coloured or composite resin fillings, these are popular for their natural appearance and adaptability to match the tooth colour.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

These fillings release fluoride, aiding in preventing further tooth decay and are often used for smaller fillings or on root surfaces.

Which Filling Type Is Right for Me?

Choosing the most suitable filling type often involves considering various factors, such as the size and location of the cavity, aesthetic preferences, and the specific dental needs of each individual. Composite fillings, known for their natural appearance and versatility, are frequently chosen for front teeth due to their ability to blend seamlessly with the enamel.

During your consultation at 33 Dental, our skilled professionals will discuss the advantages and considerations of each filling type, ensuring you make an informed decision aligned with your unique oral health goals.

Are Tooth-Coloured Fillings Suitable for Front Teeth?

Yes, composite fillings are commonly used for front teeth due to their natural appearance, blending seamlessly with the tooth enamel.

What Is the Procedure for Getting a Filling?

The dentist numbs the area, removes the decayed part of the tooth, and fills the cavity with the chosen material, shaping it to fit the tooth.

Do Fillings Require Special Care?

After receiving a dental filling, maintaining good oral hygiene practices becomes paramount in preserving the restoration and preventing further decay. While dental fillings are durable, they aren’t impervious to deterioration or new cavities. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups help prolong the lifespan of the filling and safeguard against potential issues. Additionally, adhering to a balanced diet low in sugary foods and acidic beverages can contribute significantly to the longevity of your fillings and overall oral health.

Do Fillings Prevent Further Tooth Decay?

Fillings restore the tooth’s structure, preventing decay from progressing. However, maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to prevent new cavities.

Can Fillings Replace the Need for Root Canal Treatment?

In cases where decay has affected the tooth nerve, a root canal might be necessary, followed by a filling to restore the tooth.

Dental fillings play a crucial role in preserving dental health by removing decay and restoring teeth to their natural function. At 33 Dental, our experienced professionals offer a variety of filling options tailored to your needs, ensuring effective treatment and optimal oral health.

Can Amalgam Fillings Be Replaced with Tooth-Coloured Fillings?

Many individuals opt to replace their existing amalgam fillings with tooth-coloured composite fillings for aesthetic reasons or due to concerns about the mercury content in amalgam. At 33 Dental, our experienced professionals offer safe and meticulous removal of old amalgam fillings, followed by the placement of tooth-coloured alternatives. This process not only addresses aesthetic preferences but also ensures a seamless transition to durable and aesthetically pleasing composite fillings, providing a more natural appearance while maintaining the tooth’s structural integrity.

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

The longevity of dental fillings varies depending on several factors, including the type of filling material used, the location of the filling within the mouth, your oral hygiene practices, and individual habits. Composite fillings typically last between 5 to 10 years, while amalgam fillings may endure longer, often surpassing a decade or more. However, regular wear and tear, changes in oral health, and grinding habits can affect the lifespan of fillings. At 33 Dental, our team conducts thorough assessments during routine check-ups to monitor the condition of your fillings and recommend any necessary maintenance or replacements to ensure your continued dental health.

Are Dental Fillings Painful?

The process of receiving a dental filling is usually painless as the dentist administers local anaesthesia to numb the area before commencing the procedure. However, some patients might experience slight discomfort or sensitivity during or after the treatment, which usually subsides quickly. If you’re anxious about dental procedures or have concerns about discomfort, our compassionate team at 33 Dental prioritises patient comfort, offering various sedation options and taking steps to ensure a relaxed and pain-free experience during your visit.

Can Dental Fillings Fall Out?

While uncommon, dental fillings can occasionally become dislodged or fall out due to factors like decay around the filling, damage from biting on hard objects, or wear and tear over time. If you notice any unusual sensations, sensitivity, or a lost filling, it’s essential to contact our dental office promptly. Our skilled professionals will assess the situation, provide immediate care if needed, and discuss the best course of action to restore the filling and maintain your dental health.

If you’re in need of dental fillings, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at 33 Dental. We’re dedicated to providing the most professional and comforting service that ensures you receive the highest quality care in a warm and friendly environment. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards achieving a healthy, beautiful smile.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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