One of the Best Procedures in Preventive Dentistry
They literally “seal” and protect the natural grooves and pits of those teeth with no decay and no fillings. These pit and fissure areas are THE most common areas of decay in most mouths because bacteria often migrate down into the groove to set up their damage. A laser instrument can be used to “look” into these pits to make sure there is no decay. The grooves and pits are then cleaned with chemical and/or mechanical means, and a white or clear liquid composite (plastic) is flowed into them. When cured with a powerful fiber-optic light or laser, these sealants become a very strong barrier against food or decay-causing bacteria. And I have seen sealants last up to 20 years! 10 years is very common!
Not Just for Children… Adults Need Them Too!
You may think they are only for children, but they are just as effective in adult mouths. With certain diet restrictions such as no ice chewing and no sticky candies, properly completed and cared-for sealants will give you many years of decay protection to those areas. And remember this: If we don’t have to fill a tooth the first time, it doesn’t seed the second or third filling, nor does it eventually need root canal treatment with a crown. We can stop this cycle before it starts by sealing teeth as soon as possible after eruption. For the money, these sealants are the best dental investment there is!
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