Dental Sealants – Can You Get Them Over Fillings?
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What Are Dental Sealants?
Sealants can be made from different materials, such as resins or glass ionomers. Both materials are medical-grade, ensuring your safety and the effectiveness of the sealants.
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Can You Get Dental Sealants If You Have Fillings?
If sealants are applied over fillings or teeth with decay, they can actually trap bacteria and contribute to further cavities. So, it’s best to discuss with your dentist whether sealants are suitable for your specific situation.
What Are Dental Sealants Used For?
The main purpose of dental sealants is to keep decay at bay. The grooves on your back teeth (premolars and molars) are quite sneaky. Toothbrush bristles struggle to reach these tiny fissures, allowing food and bacteria to hide and wreak havoc. It’s like a secret hideout for decay to thrive!
That’s where dental sealants step in. These magical plastic coatings cover those troublesome grooves, creating a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. By filling in the fissures, sealants prevent food and bacteria from getting stuck, reducing the risk of cavities.
Gold, porcelain, and silver amalgam fillings (which contain a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, zinc, and copper) are all options to choose from. These materials provide strength and durability, restoring the shape and stability of your teeth. However, they may not be aesthetically pleasing due to their metallic appearance.
On the other hand, the most widely used material is tooth-colored fillings made from composite resin. These fillings blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, giving you a smile that looks as good as new. Composite resin fillings are a popular choice, especially for visible teeth, as they can be matched to the color of your existing teeth.
Use of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings repair teeth affected by decay. When a cavity forms in your tooth’s enamel, your dentist will remove the decayed portion and fill it with a filling material. This prevents further decay and restores the tooth’s function.
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