Crevasses are Nice in Glaciers, Not Your Molars
Some people, due to genetics, have great big canyons/crevasses/depressions/grooves in their back teeth, the molars. And if they are deep enough, no amount of brushing and flossing can get all of the food particles out of them. That’s where dental sealants from Kalil & Kress can save the day.
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 Kalil & Kress, we recommend that any of our patients who are children and teenagers with even moderate grooves receive sealants. 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.
Call us at Kalil & Kress and let’s get sealants on the teeth of your children.