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Fillings & Sealants

Fillings & Sealants

Cavities (tooth decay) is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. A simple tooth-colored filling will remove infection, restore the strength of your tooth, and help you avoid much larger problems like pain and loss of a tooth.

What is a Filling?

A filling is exactly what it sounds like, it fills in a broken or decayed part of the tooth. The fillings we use at Endres Dental Care are a composite (white) filling that matches the color of your tooth. Today’s modern filling materials are bonded to the tooth for added strength and can last anywhere from 5-25+ years if kept clean. Historically dentists have used many different materials for fillings including gold, silver amalgam (mercury mixed with silver, zinc, tin, and copper), porcelain, composite, and glass ionomer. All options can work in different scenarios but we find that composite (white) fillings offer the best combination of longevity and esthetics.

 

Do I need a filling?

You and the dentist will decide together whether you need a filling. If a tooth has a cavity (tooth decay), then a filling or other restorative option will absolutely be recommended. The tooth needs a filling because the infection from the cavity needs to be removed before it advances to the stage where it causes a lot of pain and the tooth is lost. 

If a tooth is chipped then a filling may be offered as an elective cosmetic option for fixing the broken area of the tooth. We always match the shade of your natural tooth so that neither you nor anyone else can tell that the tooth was ever chipped. 

 

Does a filling hurt?

No, fillings should not hurt. For some small fillings you won’t even need any numbing, which means no shot and a quicker appointment. But if we do need to use a little numbing to keep you completely comfortable, rest assured that all of our doctors have mastered a painless anesthesia technique. The vast majority of our patients get to the end of their appointment and never even realize they had a shot at all. It’s truly like magic. But even if you’re reading this and are still very nervous, we also offer several levels of sedation to help with any level of fear or anxiety.



What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a thin layer of composite resin (filling) material painted into the pits and grooves of teeth and bonded in order to seal them off from plaque bacteria. Placing dental sealants does not require drilling into the tooth at all. Tooth decay and cavities most commonly form in the deep grooves of teeth because plaque bacteria collect in these grooves and are harder to clean out with toothbrushing. The thin layer of filling material sealed into the grooves of the teeth prevents plaque bacteria from getting stuck deep into the grooves, therefore preventing the most common cause of cavities.

 

Who should get dental sealants?

Dental sealants are recommended for anyone who currently has healthy teeth but is at high risk for tooth decay. Most commonly, dental sealants are placed in children or teens ages 6-13 because children are more likely to be at high risk for tooth decay but adults can also benefit from sealants. Placing dental sealants can help prevent cavities and more extensive problems in the future.

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