Protecting the teeth are essential for the overall dental health of a patient and having exposed teeth can be prone to bacteria and infections which can lead to different types of dental complications. Certain teeth are more prone to decay due to its form and function like the molar teeth; these are located at the back part of the mouth. Reach Dental provides treatments for the preservation and restoration of damaged teeth with the help of dental sealants, inlays, and onlays.
Why do teeth need protection?
Teeth especially the molars are prone to bacteria that can cause damage to its surface and even progress further to affect the gums, pulp, and roots. Molars are composed of grooves and fissures that can serve as a breeding ground of bacterias since foods can quickly get caught on these areas. Cleaning the molars can also be tricky since a toothbrush does not quickly reach its surface. Since molars are the largest teeth, they are responsible for grinding, chewing, and crushing the foods we eat. If a molar is damaged, it can not only cause pain, but it can also affect the way we eat and even a patient’s facial structure.
Type of dental procedure that is directly applied to seal the teeth to prevent bacteria from damaging its surface. It is applied by cleaning a tooth properly including its grooves and fissure then properly dried, and an etching solution would be applied in the tooth surface to roughen it and secure the bond of the sealant to the tooth. After the sealant is applied, a curing light is used to harden it in place. It will then be evaluated to make sure that it will not have an adverse effect on chewing and also to make sure that there are no gaps that can let the bacteria enter the tooth surface.
A dental inlay is a type of indirect treatment used to protect and restore the teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. It is fitted in the middle of the tooth without extending to the cusps were part of the tooth is grinded to remove the decayed or damaged part. After grinding, an impression of the tooth would be taken then sent to a laboratory for the custom-creation of the permanent inlay. A tooth should not be left exposed that is why a temporary inlay will be placed to protect the tooth while waiting for the permanent inlay that would be cemented in place.
Dental onlay is also an indirect treatment that can protect the teeth. While inlays are placed at the center of the tooth, onlays are used to cover the tooth like a cap that extends to its cusps. Depending on the extent of the damage to a tooth, onlays can fully cover its top surface to replace the chewing surface. For its placement, the tooth is also grinded to remove the damaged surface, and an impression taken would serve as the mold for the permanent onlay that is created at a laboratory. A temporary onlay would also be placed on the exposed teeth to protect it while waiting for the permanent onlay to be cemented in place.
Sealants, inlays, and onlays are made from durable and tooth-colored materials that can help protect and restore the teeth’s structure without compromising its appearance. With proper dental hygiene practice, it can last longer and protect the teeth from bacterias that can cause damage. Have your teeth protected for keeping it healthy and strong with dental sealants, inlays, and onlays!
Give your smile a boost! Book an appointment with Reach Dental and check out our Dental Sealants Service in Lawrenceville. We are located at 845 Scenic Hwy S #300, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.