Q. Can filling the deep fissures as a preventative measure cause more damage to the teeth?

Answered by
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 04, 2023

Hello doctor,

My son's dentist recommended filling his molars because they are very deep. But there is no cavity or other problem, and he takes good care of his teeth. So it is a preventive measure. But I am concerned about putting in a filling to prevent filling in the future. I worry about long-term issues like cracking of the filling or decay. Can filling the tooth cause any damage and make the tooth more vulnerable to decay? Can they use sealing material as they did when he was young? Kindly help.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

Please trust the decision made by the dentist for your son. I suggest uploading a picture so that I can guide you properly. Sometimes the pits and fissures may be deep, making it vulnerable to caries. So in such cases, a filling might be required. Also, some caries are not visible outside, and some may not be black.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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