A tooth filling restores a tooth damaged by decay or trauma to its original function and shape. At Spectacular Smiles, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth, clean the area thoroughly and then fill the cavity with a durable material such as composite resin, silver amalgam, gold, or porcelain.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars to prevent tooth decay. They are usually used on children after the permanent teeth have erupted, but adults may also receive dental sealants on one or more of their teeth.
When Are They Used?
Both sealants and fillings are used to protect teeth from decay. They are specially used to fill in areas where bacteria can hide and cause cavities, where brushing may not be able to reach. The biting surfaces of back teeth are the most prone to developing cavities because they receive less protective treatment than other parts of the tooth, such as the molars. Since these surfaces are tough to clean, they are more susceptible to tooth decay. This is why it’s essential to have your child’s back teeth sealed as soon as possible to help protect them from damage.
A sealant is a thin plastic coating that is painted onto the surface of your back teeth to protect them from plaque buildup and acids that can wear down the tooth enamel. This protective coating serves as a barrier to help prevent the buildup of harmful substances on the tooth’s surface. Because it bonds to the grooves in your teeth, it can only be removed by your dentist.
To have sealants placed, we will clean and polish your tooth to remove any food particles or debris from the chewing surface. We will then paint a thin layer of the sealant material onto the tooth's chewing surface. After it has dried thoroughly, we will use a special light to bond the plastic resin directly to the tooth’s enamel. The process is quick and completely painless!
If your child has had a cavity in the past or is at a high risk of developing them, we recommend using a filling to prevent further damage and decay. We remove the decayed part of the tooth and then fill the area with a biocompatible substance to protect the vulnerable inside of the tooth. To prevent bacteria and food particles from entering the space where the decayed matter once was, we may recommend using a crown over the tooth.
If you want to protect your smile, visit Spectacular Smiles at 11500 State Hwy 121 Suite 820, Frisco, TX 75035, or call (214) 407-8012 to schedule an appointment with our dentist today! They can help you determine the best treatment option for your needs.