While crevasses in glaciers are cool, those kinds of deep fissures in your molars are anything but cool! Those pits are the pits, accumulating food debris and bacteria. These crevices are deep enough that no amount of brushing or flossing can get all of the food particles out. Basically, it’s just a matter of time before decay begins to form from the bacteria attracted to those food particles.
Fortunately, dental sealants from Dr. O’Brien can fill those pits.
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?
Sealants are really for young to teenage kids. Dr. O’Brien recommends 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 to protect against decay when it is most prevalent.
If you have a child between the ages of six and 14, it’s probably time to put some sealants on his or her molars. Call us at 952-445-6657 to schedule your sealant appointment.