Preventive dentistry is the cornerstone of our practice. We feel it is the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy, pain free oral condition. Prevention is not just brushing and flossing properly, it involves the decision process that dentists and their patients make regarding their current and future care. Preventive dentistry is helping patients avoid cracked teeth, tooth loss, infection, periodontal disease and pain, to name a few of the problems that arise from lack of dental prevention.
Pit & Fissure Sealants
What is a pit & fissure sealant? How is it applied? The top surfaces of your teeth – where the chewing takes place – aren’t smooth and flat. They are crisscrossed with tiny hills and valleys – called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up, safe from your toothbrush. Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle from your toothbrush can’t get deep enough to clean them out.
One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special varnish called a pit and fissure sealant. Sealants are a clear, acrylic-like material that helps protect against decay-causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Sealants are an intermediate preventive step in delaying or preventing tooth decay. Sealant material is quite durable. Depending on your chewing pattern, the sealant can last for a number of years. Your dentist will check to make sure your sealants are intact during your routine hygiene visits.
If you have any further questions about sealants, please ask us. Sealants are a proven technique that may be suitable for preventing decay. We want to preserve your smile, sealants help make that possible.