No More Pits. No More Crevasses.
That holds true with your teeth. No one wants pits in their teeth. Or fissures. Or crevasses.
You may not know it, but your molars can feature deep pits or fissures, kind of like a glacier on Mont Blanc. It’s usually jest genetics — if your molars have gaps or pits, odds are your parents’ did too. The problem with them in your molars is that they are the perfect place to harbor bits of food that, if they do a good enough job hiding, can then start the unfortunate process of tooth decay. No matter how diligent you are with your trusty toothbrush, you can’t get down in those pits. And that’s the pits.
This is especially a problem in children who are in the midst of their most cavity-prone years. But at Kalil & Kress we’re not scared of some pits. We simply show them who’s the boss with dental sealants.
What are sealants?
You can think of dental sealants, metaphorically at least, like tar on your neighborhood asphalt road. Roads made of asphalt tend to separate in creases with the New Hampshire cycles of hot and cold. To fill these creases, crews come along and fill the creases or gaps with hot tar. The tar fills the crease and keeps out water.
We do a similar thing with dental sealants. We use sealants to fill potholes, if your will, in the molars. Drs. Kalil & Kress use a strong resin or glass ionomer 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. Now, food can’t get down into the pits and attract bacteria.
Who needs sealants?
We recommend that children and teenagers with even moderate grooves in their teeth should get sealants. The reason for this is simple prevention. The ages from 6 to 14 are the most cavity-prone years and sealants can head off some of these potential cavities. Adults can also get sealants on their molars that haven’t developed any 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 the cavity-prone years.
At Kalil & Kress, we’re big fans of dental sealants. After all, who likes pits? Call us at 603-880-7004 to schedule your child for a checkup and maybe for the application of sealants.