- This branch of dentistry deals with restoring normal health, appearance and function of a tooth which is partially damaged due to bacterial invasion. Restoration of tooth is done once the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and filling that area with different kind of materials including cements/ silver amalgam or composite resins etc.
- The common term filling is used for restoration of tooth and is generally done when the infection or decay has not reached the pulp tissue that means when it is still in enamel or dentin only.
- Different ways Most of the patients with cavities and frequent food impaction think that they have to go to the dentist only when they feel pain, but it a clear misconception and they have to consult the dentist before the pain starts. Pain is felt when the infection reached pulp and root canal, and root canal treatment is the only resort at that stage.
- What are sealants ?
A DENTAL SEALANT is a thin film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent caries. studies have proven that properly applied sealants are 100% effective in protecting the tooth surfaces from cavities.
- why get sealants ?
Although through brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth they can not always get into all the grooves and pits of back teeth to remove food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by sealing on plaque and food.
- Who should get sealants?
Children and teenagers are obvious candidates for sealants because of the likely hood of developing of decay in depression and grooves of the premolars and molars. However adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants. Typically, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in.
- How are sealants applied ?
Applying the sealant is a simple and painless process as it will not require drilling or grinding of any tooth surface.
- How long do sealants last ?
Sealants can protect the teeth from decay for up to 10 years. However, they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental checkup.