What is the Difference Between a Dental Filling and Sealant? Questions about cosmetic dentistry Las Vegas NV
What are Dental Fillings?
A filling is a common dentistry procedure that may help to restore the health and shape of the tooth that is damaged by decay or a cavity. The filling helps to prevent any further decay of the damaged tooth by blocking off the entrance area for bacteria. To prepare a tooth for a filling, our dentist at Hi Tech Dental Care will dispose of the damaged section of the tooth, thoroughly clean around it and fill the tooth with a compound that is designed to form and shape the remainder of the tooth. At Hi Tech Dental Care we provide a variety of materials that can be used for fillings, including:
- Composite resin
There is no one type of filling that is the best, as there are several factors your Hi Tech Dental Care dentist in Las Vegas will take into consideration when choosing a filling. These factors include your reaction to certain materials, the shape of the teeth, the amount of repair required and the specific tooth that needs to be filled.
What are Sealants?
Sealants are a type dental procedure offered by Hi Tech Dental Care that uses a clear or tinted plastic coating to seal a tooth. The sealant is typically applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars, which are the areas where cavities often form. The molars and premolars have crevices and grooves where food can get stuck, often too deep for the bristles of a toothbrush to reach. The grooves and crevices are the ideal environment for bacteria to begin growing, which causes cavities. Sealants help to prevent this from occurring, because they cover the crevices and grooves so food particles cannot get in.
When are Sealants Used?
Our dentist at Hi Tech Dental Care in Las Vegas may recommend a sealant if your child has a high risk of cavities. A dental sealant is often recommended by a cosmetic dentist for adults if you have an increased risk of developing cavities, if you are showing early signs of decay on a tooth and if you grind your teeth. In children’s dentistry a sealant can be applied to the baby molars, which will provide protection against cavities. These molars will eventually fall out and a sealant will be applied to the new tooth. A sealant will not affect the tooth appearance or your oral health care routine.
To improve your oral health and the appearance of your smile, contact Dr. Kayla Mai at Hi Tech Dental Care to schedule an appointment for a dental evaluation.