What Are Fillings & Sealants?

Dental fillings and sealants are a vital part of oral health. They act as an extra layer of defense against cavities and disease, so they’re something that should be taken care of after each checkup. But do you know what other benefits dental fillings and sealants can have?

What are filling and sealants?

A filling is a dental procedure that replaces a missing tooth or teeth with a material such as porcelain, alloy, or plastic. Fillings can be restored, replaced, or retained.

A sealant is a dental procedure that seals gaps in the enamel of your teeth. Sealants can protect your teeth from decay, erosion, and other oral health problems. There are many different types of sealants, but most are based on a polymer base and are colorless and odorless.

If you need any dental work, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best option for you. Fillings and sealants are important for maintaining your smile and protecting your teeth from decay and other oral health problems.

What are fillings and sealants made of?

There are a variety of dental fillings and sealants that can be used to correct teeth problems. When it comes to dental fillings, there are a variety of options available. These options include porcelain fillings, composite resin fillings, metal fillings, and mercury fillings.

Porcelain fillings are the most common type of dental filling. They are made out of a hard material like ceramic or glass. They are very effective at restoring teeth to their original shape and color. They are also less likely to cause tooth decay than other types of dental fillings.

Composite resin fillings are a type of dental filling that is made out of two different types of materials. The first material is a hard plastic-like substance. The second material is a liquid that is put into a plastic-like substance. When the filler is placed in the tooth, the liquid cures into a solid form. This solid form forms a layer over the filling and replaces the tooth’s original tooth structure. Composite resin fillings are less likely to cause tooth decay than porcelain fillings, but they do require regular visits to the dentist to check for any signs of wear or damage.

Metal fillings are used to replace missing or damaged tooth structure, and they can also be used to fill in small gaps in teeth. Metal fillings are not good for people who want a whiter appearance of their teeth or people with sensitive teeth. However, metal fillings do not require regular visits to the dentist like composite resin fillings do. A dental professional determines which type of filling is best for your need and makes recommendations about how often you should visit the dentist for a checkup.

How to Care for Dental Fillings and Sealants

When it comes to dental fillings and sealants, it is important to take care of them in the same way that you would care for your teeth. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your dental fillings and sealants stay healthy and in place:

1. Brush and Floss Regularly: One of the best ways to keep your dental fillings and sealants healthy is to brush and floss regularly. This will remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and help to keep your fillings and sealants in place.

2. Avoid Sugary Drinks: It is important to avoid sugary drinks if you want to keep your dental fillings and sealants in place. These drinks contain sugar which can damage the tooth enamel and cause cavities.

3. Be Sure to See Your Dentist Regularly: It is always important to see your dentist regularly so that they can check on the health of your dental fillings and sealants. If there are any changes that need to be made, they can make these changes without any pain or discomfort.

 

How to Manage Being Scared and Stressed at the Dentist

If you get anxious about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. Some studies show nearly three-fourths of American adults experience anxiety or outright fear when they even think about visiting the dentist. About 1 in 10 Americans experience enough fear to classify it as a phobia. It’s okay. At Long Beach Dental Health, we know going to the dentist can seem scary!

But avoiding dental care as a result of dental anxiety can result in serious consequences for you and your teeth. Even if you’re nervous about going to the dentist, it’s extremely important to do what’s necessary to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

We want all of our patients to be as comfortable as possible when they visit our office, so we do everything we can to give our guests a comfortable, calming environment. But there are a few things you can do on your own to help make your visit a little easier.

1. Talk with your dentist

If you’re stressed about your upcoming visit to our office, one of the best things you can do is talk with us about it. Having a clear understanding of what your visit will be like – even visualizing what will occur during your appointment – can do wonders. It’s possible we can make special accommodations to make things more comfortable for you. You’re not the first person who’s been worried about a visit to your dentist’s office, and you won’t be the last! We’re here to help.

2. Plan your appointment well

Yes, life is stressful. But you don’t need the stress of life to cause extra anxiety during your dental appointment. If you’re already nervous about your visit, it won’t help to carry in the anxiety of a bad day at work. Schedule your appointment for a day when you don’t have anything big going on outside of our office. If you have a dental appointment scheduled, try to keep the rest of the day clear. That way, your mind can be rested and fresh for your procedure.

3. Bring a friend

Bringing someone you trust to our office with you is one of the best ways to reduce the stress of your dental appointment. Not only will your companion’s presence be comforting, but that person can help make sure everything is going well and get you home safely if you’re under the effects of anesthesia. Pleasant conversation can distract you from your nervousness and help pass the time more quickly.

4. Take deep breaths

We all know that deep, relaxing breaths can help reduce our stress, but sometimes we need a reminder. If you’re feeling anxiety about your visit as you drive to our office or you begin feeling fear as you sit in our waiting room, begin by taking a deep breath in, holding it for a second, and slowly letting it out. That’s the most basic start toward relaxation, and it works for almost any situation. Continue relaxing breaths throughout your appointment.

 

Whatever the cause of your anxiety over a visit to our office for your cleaning or other dental procedure, we can manage it together. We want all our patients to be as comfortable as possible, and we want you to look at your visit to the dentist as a good thing. If you have any questions about a dental procedure, or if there is something we can do to ease your worry, call our Long Beach, CA office at (562) 597-7830. We’ll work as a team to keep your next visit to the dentist stress-free!