When a patient has a dental issue that may require a filling, it is imperative that the area is restored and repaired to prevent further deterioration and decay. Today’s fillings are natural looking and not noticeable, allowing for a smile that looks as lovely as it did before, only now better protected. Composite fillings are tooth-colored, unlike metal fillings which you may have received in the past and are far less flattering.
Are Cavities The Only Reason I May Need A Filling?
While cavities due to decay are the most common reason for fillings, there are other reasons why a filling may be in order. For instance, a chipped, cracked, worn down, or broken tooth can be repaired with a filling. Even certain spaces between teeth can be resolved with a filling, depending on the area and size.
Are Fillings Permanent Or Will They Need To Be Replaced?
Fillings are designed to last a long time and they are very durable. But over time and due to wear and tear, they may need to be replaced or repaired. When you come in for your regular exams, we’ll check the status and structure of your fillings to ensure they’re looking satisfactory.
What Is The Process Of Getting A Filling Like?
The first step is to numb the area so your experience is as pleasant as possible. Then we will clear out any evident decay or debris. We prep the area for the filling, place the materials in the crevice, and shape and smooth it so your bite feels comfortable. You may feel some sensitivity to hot and cold post-treatment, but this will subside soon after.
A proactive approach is at the core of good dental care, and sealants are one way of doing so.
What Are Sealants And How Do They Protect?
A sealant is a thin plastic coating we can brush onto prepped molars and premolars (back teeth) and cure with a light to give those more grooved teeth extra protection against decay. These back teeth are more susceptible to getting cavities, so the sealant is another layer of protection combined with regular brushing and flossing.
Will I Need Sealants Every Time I See The Dentist? Do I Even Need Sealants At All?
Sealants are designed to last for a number of years. If they wear down, we may opt to re-apply in the future. Those who may require sealants include children and teens since they are at greater risk for cavities. Adults can benefit from sealants as well, if they have teeth with deep grooves that can be protected from decay proactively.