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Dental Fissure Sealant
White or clear: Dental sealants can be tooth colored (white), clear. However one makes a pink sealant that turns white when it gets hard, and another makes one that turns green when it's hardening! ...Read more
Grooves or clefts in various anatomical structures such as the brain (transverse fissure between cerebrum & cerebellum), the skull (sphenoidal fissure), the liver (for the ligamentum teres), the lung (oblique fissure), the spinal cord (ventral median fissure), or other structures such as the palpebral fissure between upper & lower eyelids. Can also be a tear in a structure ...Read more
Sealants color?: Dental sealants can be a very good preventive treatment when performed properly. Most are clear or white, some are even clear and glow a different color when a light is shown on it. Proper placement is key, the fissures need to properly cleaned and prepared so the sealant bond is not compromised and so that decay is not being sealed in under the sealant. ...Read more
Yes: Sealants are typically only placed on the occlusal (biting) surface, buccal (cheek) pits & fissures & lingual (tongue) grooves. Sealants do not provide any protection for interproximal areas (in-between) teeth so that's why daily flossing is recommended. If a sealant starts to break down, decay may start to occur underneath or around the failing sealant. Hence, regular check-ups with your dentist. ...Read more
Protects: A fissure sealnat is a resin that is flowed over the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth. By sealing the grooves it creates a barrier to bacteria and sugar from infiltrating uncleansable areas and protects against caviity formation. Also sealants create a smooth surface that is much easier for the patient to keep clean. ...Read more
Very safe but: Sealants manufactured in the us are safe to place on teeth and can be very beneficial. I recently read an artiicle in a peer review magazine that some sealants manufactured outside the us had detectable levels of bisphenol a (bpa) in extreamly low levels. Bpa from composite fillings and sealents manufactured outside the us should be avoided since there is some concern. ...Read more
Absolutely: Sealants have been used for many years to arrest the progression of decay on very small lesions. ...Read more
Soon: Usually as soon as you can find some food. They are completely hard when the dentist or hygienist is finished. ...Read more
Certified to do them: It basically means that person (usually a dental assistant) has been certified to be able to place sealants. They have received the training. Dentists are of course certified, but don't need to state they are because as a dentist you automatically can place sealants. ...Read more
My daughter had 2 cavities my regular dentist was going to fill them but went on holidays so went to another dentist he did fissure sealants my regular dentist said these teeth should have been filled. Please what should I do thanks?
Opinion difference: Ask a dozen Dentists a question and you will get 3 dozen different answers. Sealants have been used successfully to limit very small (incipient) cavities from progressing. There comes a point, however, that the decay has invaded to the point that it has to be excavated and the area filled. Knowing nothing about your daughter or the extent of her problem it's impossible to say. ...Read more
Cavity preventers: Posterior permanent teeth have deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surface. This is the most common area to get a cavity on these teeth. Dental sealants are a composite material that is flowed into these areas to make them "shallow valleys" so food and bacteria can't get stuck in these grooves, thus making it harder to get a cavity. Sealants are cost effective and easy for the patient. ...Read more
Cavity prevention: Posterior permanent teeth have deep grooves and crevices on the chewing surface. This is the most common area to get a cavity on these teeth. Dental sealants are a composite material that is flowed into these areas to make them "shallow valleys" so food and bacteria can't get stuck in these grooves, thus making it harder to get a cavity. Sealants are cost effective and easy for the patient. ...Read more
Anyone: Generally speaking, sealants are used in children. However, they are beneficial in adults as well...If the adult patient is at high risk for tooth decay. Sealants work by filling in the deep grooves in the teeth, thus taking away "hiding places" for plaque bacteria which cause cavities. ...Read more
NO! Just a temp fix!: It has been my experience that dental implants don't last very long. Most dentist don't adequately clean the tooth (via light air abrasion), etch for the required period of time of effectively isolate the site from contaminating moisture. And. Even when all of this is done correctly, stick foods can still remove the thin layer of plastic sealants. A minimally invasive filling might be best! ...Read more
Anytime: You can eat right away after the dental sealants are placed. Usually your tooth surface will be cleaned prior to the sealants. After the sealants are placed and light cured, then the sealants are hardened and you can eat right away. ...Read more
One step technique: There is a new product that is only one step and easier to use, instead of etching the teeth then placing the sealant, making sure the mouthis dry, the new material states it is only one step ...Read more
I recently heard about dental sealants from a friend. What are dental sealants. Who should get thrm and how long they last?
Dental sealants: Are a composite coating placed on your tooth chewing surface to protect tooth decay. Dental sealants are not for everyone and dental sealants cannot stop or treat tooth decay. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more
No easy answer: There are many different sealants, but generally two types: resin and glass-ionomer cement. However, each of these types can have many different formulations. For example, resin dental sealants can be clear, white or green, filled or unfilled, have fluoride. They can be hardened with a light, or over time. Contact manufacturers for specific content and percentages. ...Read more
Fissure sealants are composed of unfilled or lightly filled composite resins. After the area of a tooth which is at risk of decay is cleaned and etched the resin in bonded into place and serves as a barrier to bacterial acid and impacted food which could predispose the progress of decay. This barrier of composite can only be placed when the incipient decay has been removed. You still must brush.
Now you asked for percentages. The companies that produce the various resins we use will all have slightly different ratios, but generally they are around 90% bis gma resins with some fillers and a light stimulated stabilizer which in response to strong light of a particular frequency that shatters the stabilizer bond and drives the chemical reaction from left to right causing the material to set like glass.
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Composite resin: It is important that resin sealants are placed on children's teeth after the pits and fissures are thoroughly cleansed. Either air abrasion or fissurotomy in a a well isolated and dry field. And children should then avoid stick candy, food and gum or they can be dislodges. ...Read more
Depends: Sealants are a terrific service and you are making a great investment in your (or you child's?) dental health. Like most things you purchase, it depends on where you live. In the san francisco area, the average cost of a sealant is about $70+. Fillings can cost 5x as much so it is better to prevent decay than repair it! ...Read more
Like "caulk"...: Sealants to teeth are like 'caulk' around the edges of a bathtub. After the tooth is cleaned and slightly 'etched' a fluid composite material is flowed onto the grooves/pits of your teeth to keep food and liquids out (to prevent cavities. ...Read more
Can fissure sealants become discoloured? I have been using whitening strips and I have a green little blob where mine are. Is this difficult to fix?
No. Easy to fix: Sometimes sealants can chip or leak at the edges and stain or decay can get underneath. Your dentist can evaluate this and if you need a replacement it is very easy and it will white and protect your teeth as it was designed to. ...Read more
Yes and no: Yes and no, this same material can be placed on exposed root surfaces to seal them and prevent sensitivity. Sensitivity is usally not found on the top of the tooth unless decay has progressed and when that happens a filling is needed as a sealant won't work. ...Read more
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