Fillings & Sealants
Fillings are used to restore teeth to their normal shape, appearance and function by filling in cavities caused by tooth decay, fracture or wear and tear. Fillings are more often required in the molar (back) teeth where decay rates are higher. The need for fillings due to tooth decay can be eliminated by correctly cleaning your teeth and maintaining a healthy diet. Regular dental health check-ups will make sure any problems are identified and treated early.
The types of filling material used by our dentists may include:
- Tooth-coloured fillings
- Dental amalgam (silver coloured)
- Other forms of tooth restoration, such as gold or ceramic inlays or crowns, which are an alternative to amalgam and tooth-coloured filling materials.
Fissure sealants are of value in the prevention of tooth decay as they fill in the natural pits and fissures in the back (molar) teeth where dental decay occurs most often. A dental sealant is a tooth-coloured plastic film that is professionally applied to the deep grooves (fissures) on the back teeth (molars) where tooth decay most often starts.
The bacteria in plaque live in these grooves and make acid which causes tooth decay. Dental sealants assist in preventing the build up of plaque acids on the enamel surface of teeth and they are of value in the prevention of tooth decay.
A good time to apply sealants is soon after permanent teeth are fully erupted. Discuss with your dentist whether this will be beneficial for you and your children.