Cavities that occur due to a lack of oral hygiene, or other causes are among the most common diseases that impact our oral health. Cavities, or tooth decay, can lead to infections called tooth abscesses that destroy the pulp inside the tooth, leading to extensive and expensive treatment. Good dentists work towards preventing the onset of cavities for their patients and can provide multiple solutions to maintain their oral health in tip-top shape. Preventative dental resins, known as PRR or preventative resin restorations, treat cavities and halt tooth decay progression before it gets worse.
Dental Sealants vs. Preventative Dental Resins
Many people tend to confuse preventative resins with sealants because of how they both treat cavities. This confusion isn’t the case, as dental sealants and preventative resins treat different aspects of cavities.
With dental sealants:
- These are used to prevent cavities before they even begin to form. The resin molds and harden to the pits, fissures, and grooves of the teeth and don’t require any removal of the tooth structure.
- Dental sealants are most often given during childhood between the ages of 6 and 12 when the first and second permanent molars form. This form of treatment is used for primary children because even good brushing habits can’t fully prevent cavities due to how the pits and grooves form so deep that food particles can get caught and build bacteria overtime.
Preventative resins, on the other hand:
- Preventative resin restorations are used to treat early cavities, meaning that they help replace the damaged pits and fissures of the teeth before the bacteria reach the soft dentin. These restorations can be placed at any time, for any age, and are placed after the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. With preventative restorations, only the enamel of the tooth is treated, so no anesthesia is necessary.
The Benefits of Preventative Dental Resins
PRRs can last several years before they need a replacement. The lifespan of these restorations depends on the dedication to regular dental care and other oral habits. They’re excellent preventative measure for children and adults with signs of early cavities, and help protect the molars from future cavities by their bonding strength to the tooth’s enamel. These resins also have a less hard time staining than natural teeth. If stained, they can easily be cleaned with professional dental products such as toothpaste without baking soda and mouthwashes without alcohol. Resins as a restoration work by creating a strong bond with the tooth, and only require regular oral hygiene to care for to keep up with maintenance.
If you have any questions about preventative dental resins, we suggest contacting Dr. Raj – Shikha Batra at Troy Dental Studio. Located in Troy, MI, Dr. Batra will be able to answer many of your questions and concerns about preventative dental resins, among many other dental procedures used today to protect your dental health and keep you healthy. Contact Dr. Batra today to get excellent quality dental services for a brighter, happier smile.