Flowable composite resins are versatile materials used for a variety of dental restoration and preventative applications.
A significant advantage of virtually all adhesion dental procedures is conservation of tooth structure. Flowable composite resins are commonly used to penetrate small pits and grooves in teeth, avoiding the need to remove additional tooth structure to accommodate other filling materials. Containing fluoride, these agents are ideally suited as tooth decay prevention sealants, especially for children.
Dental tooth decay is more prevalent on the biting surfaces of the posterior teeth. While the proper oral hygiene is essential to prevent decay, at times the anatomy of the tooth is such that it is impossible to clean properly.
Dental caries is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that occurs on all teeth. When food is eaten, these bacteria eat the food and produce acid which destroys the tooth. While good oral hygiene does not let food remain in the mouth, it is impossible to clean the pits, fissures and grooves of the teeth.
These areas can be protected by the application of dental sealants.
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