Dental Fillings and Sealants
Taking good care of your teeth is proving to be more important each day. As noted in the Oral Health and Hygiene section, your dental health can be an indication of your overall health. For example, gum disease can be a sign of problems with your heart. A big part of good oral health involves regular visits to your dentist to help with the prevention of illness. Modern dentistry provides a number of choices for you to help protect your teeth. Prevention measures often include dental sealants and fillings.
Dental sealants coat the pits and bumps of teeth, mainly molars, to protect them from getting cavities. A thin layer of composite resin is applied to the deep tooth grooves. The resin provides a shield that keeps bacteria from getting into the teeth. Sealants are usually done with children to help them keep their back teeth healthy and promote good oral health. However, sealants are a very effective prevention technique for adults as well, especially when used in tandem with regular brushing, flossing, and other good oral health practices like regular check-ups.
Should a cavity form, there are different types of fillings available. Fillings are placed in order to remove active decay, which is a combination of damaged tooth and bacteria. The dental filling process eliminates the bacteria, their by-products and any affected tooth structure, and replaces it with a strong biocompatible material which will help prevent further destruction of the tooth. Once placed, a filling can keep bacteria from getting near the nerve of the tooth and causing pain. Teeth can be filled with gold, a metal amalgam, or tooth colored resin. Gold is a very strong and malleable metal sometimes used in modern dentistry. It can stand up to the day-to-day chewing, grinding, and other pressure applied. It is long lasting, but it is also expensive. Amalgam fillings are silver in color and can last as long as gold. They are also strong, but often the metal appearance is unsightly.
At Brookside Dental Care, we prefer to use tooth colored fillings made of strong composite resin material. Resin can be closely matched to the color of your tooth and actually bond to your tooth, meaning less drilling may be needed and that it provides needed support to the tooth. Resin can also be used to fix chipped teeth and other minor dental problems. Tooth colored resin fillings are long-lasting, highly durable, and can withstand the chewing impact of the jaws. The added bonus of having a filling that matches your natural tooth color is just one reason our patients love this option. Tooth colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing – no one will know you have a filling.
With preventative treatments, the team at Brookside Dental Care can help you keep your teeth healthy and strong for the rest of your life. For more information about dental sealants and fillings, call Brookside Dental Care today, (610) 624-6070.