Smile Beautiful Dentistry Karessa Kuntz
Smile Beautiful Dentistry Monroeville

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Services

What about Dental Fillings?

Fillings and Sealants

To treat a cavity Dr. Kuntz will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. 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).

Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles.


Smile Beautiful Dentistry uses an Amalgam (mercury) free process to repair your dental decay.


Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glass-like particles that produce a tooth-colored restoration. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when Dr. Kuntz prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

What are Sealants?

Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95 % chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth.


Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.


Sealants are best suited for permanent first molars, which erupt around the age of 6, and second molars, which erupt around the age of 12. Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the tooth has fully come in.

Application

Sealant application involves cleaning the surface of the tooth and rinsing the surface to remove all traces of the cleaning agent. An etching solution or gel is applied to the enamel surface of the tooth, including the pits and grooves. The solution is thoroughly rinsed away with water. After the site is dried, the sealant material is applied and allowed to harden by using a special curing light.


Sealants normally last about five years. Sealants will be examined at your child`s regular checkup. Sealants are extremely effective in preventing decay in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.