Fillings & Sealants to Protect Your Smile
Churchill Smiles Dentistry provides a wide variety of procedures and treatments to help care for your teeth. Some of these processes are restorative and designed to repair damage while others are preventive in nature. When it comes to choosing a filling, or applying a dental sealant, we can help you decide which procedure will help protect your teeth and meet your oral health needs.
Sealants are a protective coating placed on the teeth to create a barrier from the cavity-producing bacteria found in the mouth. The sealant is composed of plastic and is helpful in getting to those hard to reach areas. The first step of this treatment is to buff the surface of the tooth to ensure the sealant properly adheres. The sealant is then painted onto the teeth creating a coating that helps fight tooth decay.
Brushing and flossing are still important, even if you have had sealants applied. They are meant to be an addition to your regular oral habits and are more commonly used on children that are still learning to brush and floss effectively.
Dental sealant usually lasts about a year, where a filling can be expected to last for as many as ten years. If you are experiencing tooth decay, a filling is often necessary to repair the damage and to add strength to your tooth. The hole remaining when the decay is removed needs to be filled, or the tooth remains susceptible to more damage.
There are two types of fillings, the traditional silver/mercury filling and the tooth colored filling. At Churchill Smiles Dentistry we can help you determine which type will be best for your situation. Silver fillings used to be the standard in years past, but they are not very aesthetically pleasing, and they can wear down over time.
Tooth-colored fillings not only have the advantage of matching your natural teeth, but the resin creates a superior fit, keeping the tooth protected, intact, and strong. Composite resin fillings are designed to withstand everyday chewing and to look and feel like your natural tooth.
If you need a filling, we will first remove all decay and clean the area thoroughly. Then we will apply the filling material to the area to prevent reoccurring damage and eliminate any pain. The fillings must be layered in small amounts at a time, and each layer is cured with a special light.
Dental Sealants & Fillings in Mississauga
Our dentists can help you choose between a sealant and filling by determining the condition of your tooth. Sealants are proactive, and fillings are reactive. Whether you need a dental filling or a dental sealant will depend on your age and your needs. We are located at Winston Churchill Dr. and Highway 403. Contact us today at Churchill Smiles Dentistry in Mississauga for a comprehensive evaluation to determine how we can best help you protect your teeth and retain your good oral health.