Fillings & Sealants

Dental Fillings in Fayetteville, NC

Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on the chewing surfaces of teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing cavities. A filling is used to treat a small hole, or cavity, in a tooth.

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Fillings

A filling is used to treat a small hole, or cavity, in a tooth. Tooth decay is damage to a tooth that can happen when harmful bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the tooth enamel. This can lead to a small hole in a tooth, called a cavity. More severe decay can cause a large hole or even destruction of the entire tooth. If tooth decay is not treated, it can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss. 

To repair a cavity, the decay is removed then a filling material is placed. There are several types of filling material currently available to repair cavities, including tooth- colored (composite) fillings and silver-colored (amalgam) fillings.

 

Dr. Tracy Dowd Johnson, DDS and patient

Sealants

A sealant is a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity. 

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. Ask your dentist if sealants are a good option for you and your family.

 

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