Sealants have given Dentists a tool to dramatically reduce the number of fillings need on teeth. Sealants should be placed on the primary molars of children who are susceptible to cavities but most importantly on all permanent molar teeth without cavities or with deep pits as soon after eruption as possible. Timing is essential as sealants should be placed on first and second permanent molar teeth within 1 year after eruption in the gums. Sealants should be placed as part of an overall prevention strategy based on assessment of cavities risk for the child. This cost effective, simple step may help your child need fewer fillings and less risk of major dentistry in the future. This is a quick procedure, done without the use of anaesthetic, where a resin material is flowed into the grooves of the biting surfaces of molar teeth and then sealed (hardened) with a blue activating light. If you think your child might be a candidate for dental sealants, please give your local Steinbach dentist clinic a call to set up an appointment.
When a primary tooth is missing, the teeth on each side may move into the space. They can block the permanent tooth from coming in. To hold the space, your dentist may put a metal space maintainer to keep the teeth from shifting over in the space.