Sealants vs. Fillings: What’s the Difference?

Outside of routine cleanings, dentists provide a wide range of preventative and restorative treatments that can help keep your teeth in tip-top shape. It’s important to go in for regular dental checkups and cleanings in order to make sure you’re doing everything you can for your oral health.

According to the ADA, it’s estimated that about 91% of Americans over the age of 20 have had cavities at some point in their lives. So although it may seem scary to suddenly spot a small hole in your tooth, keep in mind that cavities are very common and are certainly not the end of the world. The important thing is to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you notice something off. 

Today we’re going to talk about two of the most common procedures done in dentists’ offices – Sealants and Fillers. Both of these are minor dental procedures that are usually fairly quick and straightforward, with little to no recovery time.

Although a good dentist should be able to talk you through both procedures and recommend the best course of action, it’s still a good idea to be informed. This will help you make the best choice for your, and your child’s oral health. Hopefully, by the end of today, you’ll be able to discern whether filling or sealant is the best course of action for your child’s teeth. So without further ado, let’s start with some basics.