Some people are lucky, others not so much. That’s the only logic behind some people having deep crevices in their molars and other people not having any. Genetics are to blame, but deep crevices are cavities waiting to happen because no matter how well you brush, you’ll never get all of the food debris out of them. Basically, it’s just a matter of time before decay begins to form from the bacteria attracted to those food particles.
But you can say goodbye to those fissure with sealants from the Doctors of Dental Medicine.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars. The sealant is cured with a special light and fills in the depressions and grooves in the molars, bonding to the teeth and forming a protective shield on those teeth.
Who should get sealants?
At the Doctors of Dental Medicine offices, we recommend that children and teenagers with even moderate grooves in their teeth should get sealants. Why? This protects the teeth during the most cavity-prone years, ages six to 14. Adults can also get sealants on their molars that haven’t developed and decay and are without fillings.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is simple.
- First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth to be sealed is dried.
- An acid solution is put on the chewing surface of each molar to create a rougher surface for the sealant to bond to.
- This is then rinsed and the teeth again dried.
- Sealant is painted onto the tooth and a curing light is used to harden the sealant.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last 10 years or so, but they can last far longer. The important thing is to have them on the teeth during youth.
Sealants are truly preventative dental care. Give us a call and let’s talk about sealing the deep crevices in your child’s teeth, 732-329-3113.