Composite (White) Fillings
Fillings (restorations) are used to replace tooth structure that is decayed. Cavities can be detected through direct observation or x-rays. Fillings are also used to repair fractured, broken, or severely worn teeth.
Fillings do not last forever so it is essential that you visit the dentist regularly for further examinations. Fillings can develop cracks or simply wear down due to chewing forces. The dentist monitors the integrity of your fillings during regular exams and will recommend replacing a filling if a problem is detected.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting you and your children's teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Inlays and Onlays
In some cases cavity preparation could become very large for usual fillings and the dentist will recommend an inlay or an onlay (partial crown), restorations designed to replace more tooth structure.