What Are Fillings?
A composite (tooth coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite resin is the most widely used filling material today. Because composite fillings are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the colour of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of your smile. You and Dr. Randy Singh, Dr. Marty Sekand, Dr. Ken Jandoo or Dr. Steven Schneider can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth during your consultation at Love Your Smile Today.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are recognized as an effective approach to preventing pit and fissure caries in children. They are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Which Teeth Are Suitable For Sealants? The grooves and pits in the back teeth are the most common places for cavities to begin in children. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the dental sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before they have a chance to decay.