Dental Sealants significantly reduce decay problems in the back of the mouth.
Our back teeth have an uneven upper surface. This surface, which is used for chewing, tends to accumulate debris. This can lead to problems with decay, especially if there are small pits and fissures in the tooth. Dental sealants are an invisible coating applied to the upper surface of the molar teeth. This sealant fills in any gaps, pits, fissures or unevenness in the tooth surface, prevent problems with accumulating debris. This keeps teeth cleaner and healthier.
Children who have dental sealants applied to their back teeth have significantly lower decay problems. Cavities are reduce by 60% to 80%. This saves both the teeth and considerable money in the long term.
Modern sealants are either resin or glass ionomer based. They usually last four years, but some have reportedly lasted nine years before they needed replacement.
If the mouth is kept in good health there are fewer problems later in life. Wisdom teeth are one of the few exceptions to this. There is often insufficient room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to emerge properly. Nonetheless a healthy mouth will lessen in problems that develop here.
Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth. It will effectively treat minor and moderate alignment problems, and has an advantage in being far less noticeable than braces. Both traditional braces and Invisalign benefit from a mouth that is free from any other issues.
Implants consist of an artificial tooth attached to the jaw with a titanium post. They are an idea method of replacing a lost tooth. Optimal dental health will reduce the need for dental implants. Keeping natural teeth is always the best option.
Sealants are not a permanent solution. But they will protect a child’s teeth for several years, after which time the child is in a better position to look after their mouth.