Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and can prevent cavities. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of teeth with a protective shield that can prevent 80% of cavities for two years. They even continue working to help prevent 50% of cavities for up to a total of four years.
Bonding may be necessary when damage occurs, like a chipped tooth, because the tooth is unable to restore itself. It would be wonderful if teeth could naturally regenerate; however, since that’s not the case, bonding offer a solution for restoring teeth. Tooth decay leads to cavities and when the decay is severe, other structures of the tooth become affected. When cavities develop, they require immediate care. Without special attention to the damaged tooth, the condition can worsen, leading to infection and in some cases, an abscess. When the damage reaches the nerve of the tooth, not only is it extremely painful for your child, but it also requires invasive dental procedures.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored and blend well with the rest of your child’s teeth. Their undetectability is a primary benefit for parents concerned about metal fillings. Because of the natural resemblance of composite resin to teeth, less tooth preparation is required. This means your child can retain more of his or her natural tooth structure. If their permanent teeth have already grown in and they require a composite filling, the ability to retain the natural tooth structure becomes an even greater benefit. The final benefit is how long-lasting they are, often outliving other filling options.
Tooth decay is a reality for children—it could be a consequence of acidic foods and drinks that wear down their enamel and expose the more vulnerable parts of their teeth to bacteria. Composite fillings are a solution that delivers long-term protection in an aesthetically pleasing way.