Preventive Resin Restorations

Maple Glen, PA Dentist

Occasionally, sealants leak but do not come loose, or decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth are caught early enough in their destructive process that a conservative restorative procedure, called a “Preventive Resin Restoration”, is possible rather than requiring a filling.

Preventive Resin Restorations are minimally-invasive restorative techniques to remove damaged or decayed tooth structure that is limited to the outer enamel layer of the tooth and does not extend into the inner dentin layer.

During this conservative restorative procedure where caries, erosion, or other conditions affect the natural form and function of the tooth, a dental handpiece and special bur are used to remove the affected tooth structure present so that flowable tooth-colored filling material (resin, or composite) can then be used to restore the tooth.

You may hear Dr. Lewin refer to these as “PRRs”, or ‘something in between a sealant and a filling’. All are accurate descriptors of the process in question, and these are a great option when we start to see evidence of tooth decay and we don’t want to wait until it gets ‘big enough’ to need a filling.

If you have questions about Preventive Resin Restorations and want to know if they are right for you, contact Beyond Dentistry.