Tooth decay leads to severe pain, tooth loss, and an improper bite. Instead of dealing with tooth decay every time it occurs, why not protect your smile in the first place? Dental sealants are a powerful way to prevent damaging tooth decay.
The back teeth, or the molars, are riddled with grooves and depressions. These niches are dangerous, because they are difficult to clean, and they become perfect hiding places for bacteria.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are bonded to the back teeth. The sealants smooth out the depressions and grooves, creating an even platform where bacteria cannot hide.
While sealants are used most often to protect children and teenagers, they can also be beneficial for adults, and can last for up to 10 years. The sealant process is simple: The tooth is cleaned and prepared with a solution, and the sealant is painted on and hardened with a curing light.
Reverse Decay with Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are used to repair and restore teeth that have been affected by minor tooth decay. By treating an early cavity with a dental filling, you can avoid the need for root canals or tooth extractions in the future. Some of the signs of tooth decay include:
- Chronic toothache
- Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold foods
- Visible hole in the teeth
- Tooth discoloration
- Discomfort when biting or chewing
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, come ask our friendly dentists about fillings. At Discovery Dental, we create tooth-colored fillings that match the shade of your natural tooth enamel. The filling will rebuild your tooth and give it an attractive color, size, and shape.
When is the last time you visited the dentist for a general checkup? If you haven’t seen a dental professional in 6 months, or you are suffering from toothache or other uncomfortable symptoms, give us a call right away. We will get you into Discovery Dental at a time and date that works for you. Hope to see you soon!