The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture.
Why fill baby teeth? Baby teeth, or primary teeth are lost at different stages in a child’s development. During that time a primary tooth keeps the space for the permanent tooth that will take its place. If a primary tooth is lost too soon due to decay or fracture, the space may be lost and crowding may occur.
A treatment plan will be designed specifically for any of your child’s dental needs.