Filling and Sealant Services in San Francisco

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are restorative materials used by dentists to repair teeth that have been damaged due to decay or other factors. When a tooth develops a cavity (also known as dental caries or tooth decay), a portion of the tooth structure becomes weakened and eroded by the acids produced by bacteria. If left untreated, the cavity can progress and lead to further tooth damage, pain, and even infection.

Dental fillings serve as a solution to this problem. The procedure involves removing the decayed and damaged part of the tooth and then filling the resulting space with a suitable material. The filling not only restores the tooth’s shape and function but also prevents further decay from occurring in the same spot.

We us Composite Resin Fillings are tooth-colored and are made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. They can be closely matched to the color of the natural teeth, making them a popular choice for visible front teeth. Dental fillings play a crucial role in preserving the structure and function of teeth, preventing further decay, and restoring a healthy smile.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment designed to protect the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars from tooth decay. These back teeth have grooves and pits that can easily trap food particles and bacteria, making them more susceptible to cavities. Sealants act as a barrier, covering these vulnerable areas and helping to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria that can lead to decay. This greatly reduces the risk of cavities forming in these areas. Dental sealants are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers, as their newly erupted permanent teeth are more susceptible to decay.

Sealants are painless to apply, and the process is relatively quick. They are usually clear or tooth-colored, making them virtually invisible on the teeth. Sealants can last for several years before they may need to be reapplied, and they can play a significant role in preventing the need for more extensive dental work in the future.

Overall, dental sealants are a proactive and effective way to maintain oral health by preventing cavities and preserving the integrity of the tooth’s surface.

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