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Preventive Resins and Restorative Treatment

WHAT IS A PREVENTIVE RESIN?

A preventive resin is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. This is where decay most often occurs.

WHAT DOES A PREVENTIVE RESIN DO?

A preventive resin prevents tooth decay. It covers the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and seals out decay-causing food and germs.

WHEN SHOULD PREVENTIVE RESINS BE DONE?

Preventive resins are most beneficial if they are placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in.

The first permanent molars grow in between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars grow in between the ages of 11 and 14.

HOW IS A PREVENTIVE RESIN PLACED?

A preventive resin is placed by a dental professional. The procedure is simple and painless. It takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned (the grooves on the chewing surface are clean with a very small bur) and treated with a solution that allows the preventive resin to stick to the tooth. Preventive resins are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

HOW LONG WILL A PREVENTIVE RESIN LAST?

Preventive resins can last for up to 10 years. They can be checked at dental visits to see if they need to be replaced.