To treat a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decay was. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding). Teeth can be filled with several different types of materials, it’s up to you and your dentist to agree on which best fits your needs.
Resin fillings are a tooth colored filling that was made to be used for the anterior teeth. However in the past 10 years technology has improved to allow resin fillings to be used on posterior teeth and be just as effective as an amalgam filling.
Amalgam Fillings are silver fillings that are used for posterior teeth. Some dentists prefer this type of filling on a posterior tooth because it’s easier to work with and often the patient prefers this type of filling as well because of the cost-effectiveness.
A Sealant is a tooth colored composite that is applied to the chewing surface of a childs premolars and molars. Sealants often protect the tooth from decay on the chewing surface. Sealants can some times chip or break off but are easily repairable, as anything is as long as your child sees their dentist on a regular basis.