Most teeth have narrow grooves in them teeth that are very hard to clean or cannot be cleaned with a toothbrush. The best solution to these minor imperfections is to fill them in and smooth them out. This type of cavity prevention uses sealants. The dentist cleans the tooth surface and uses sealant to fill in, smooth and seal the tooth surface so it can be cleaned by brushing. Untreated teeth are more likely to develop tooth decay and lead to a cavity which will require a filling or more serious corrective procedure.
To repair a tooth damaged by tooth decay, fillings are used. The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth, cleans the area, and adds the filling material. Modern fillings are made from a composite (tooth colored) material. Traditional amalgam (silver colored) or gold can also be used, but they are easily noticeable because they do not match the color of your teeth. Also composite fillings, unlike traditional fillings, bond directly to the tooth surface.
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