Teeth can be protected from tooth decay before it occurs.
Teeth with deep grooves and fossae on the chewing surface are particularly at risk to caries. Children with such teeth should have them sealed.
There are various types of filling materials. In our practice, we use only plastics or glass ionomer cements for filling materials.
Cement fillings are softer than plastic. They are a light, slightly yellow colour. The cost of cement fillings is covered by the statutory health insurance schemes.
The milk tooth nerve in particular can quickly become infected by carious bacteria and die, even though the hole might still look small from the outside. Inter-proximal tooth decay is especially dangerous for the delicate milk teeth.