General Dentistry


Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of molars and premolars, or the "chewing teeth," sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic "coating" is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively "seals" the natural deep pits and grooves by acting as a physical barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can't reach.

Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a re-application is needed.

Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.


Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations:

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. These restorations are bonded to the teeth, creating a tight, ideal fit to the natural tooth. Some of these restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost, leaving the remaining tooth stronger than before.

Since the resins used in some tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride, they can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

Once decay and/or failing existing restorations are removed, tooth-colored restorations can be made in one of two ways: directly or indirectly. Your dentist will decide which is best for each tooth depending on several factors. We will detail both options below. Either way, the result is a beautiful and healthy smile!

Direct Tooth-Colored Restorations:

Direct restorations are placed by a dentist immediately following removal of any decay or faulty existing fillings. Once the tooth is clean and appropriately shaped, composite resin material is placed and is shaped to mimic the natural tooth structure. The shade of composite material is custom matched to each individual tooth to ensure that the filling is as undetectable as possible.

Indirect (Laboratory-Made) Tooth-Colored Restorations:

Depending on the size of restoration required, your dentist may decide that an indirect restoration is the best option for you. These inlays and onlays are custom made by dental laboratories and then bonded to the teeth by your dentist. This process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

  1. An old filling and/or decay is removed from the tooth
  2. A digital scan or an impression is made of your teeth. This allows for fabrication of your custom inlay/onlay by the dental lab technician.
  3. A temporary inlay/onlay is placed to protect the tooth and hold space for the final restoration.

At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment:

  1. The temporary inlay/onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new restoration.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth, and a high intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is given a final polish.

Using these methods and materials, your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, and they are stronger and protected!