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One of the most effective means of preventing decay is the use of pit and fissure sealants. Kerhoulas Dental recommends sealants for you children when risk of decay is evident.
A sealant is a flowable resin that is applied into the grooves on chewing surfaces of molar teeth. These grooves, known as fissures consist of microscopic spaces that retain bacteria which can cause decay. Over time, decay may destroy the enamel and underlying dentin. When decay starts deep within the fissure, it may not be possible to detect until it has caused a large cavity, which may jeopardize the vitality of the tooth. At Kerhoulas Dental, we believe that decay should be prevented whenever possible. Sealants are an excellent solution.
Tooth preparation is simple and consists of cleaning the tooth with pumice. No drilling or anesthesia is required. The sealant is applied similar to the application of nail polish and is cured or set with visible light. Your child’s bite will be verified and the sealant may be polished for comfort.
Sealants reduce the risk of decay when they are applied in conjunction with effective brushing, flossing and regular dental visits. Sealants do not prevent decay on the sides of teeth or between teeth.