Seal Out Problems With Dental Sealants

We’ve come up with lots of great ways to protect ourselves and our kids. We have seatbelts, helmets, pads, and a thousand other things to make sure injury doesn’t occur. It turns of dental science has come up with an awesome way to protect our teeth as well: dental sealants.

This is a relief to many moms who are in a constant battle to protect their kids, who often just aren’t good at protecting themselves. Applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, namely the premolars and molars, sealants are a plastic material that provides a line of defense against decay and wear.

In the molars and premolars there are many vulnerable crevices that are hard to reach with brushing and flossing. Sealants do a great job of protecting those areas, so that you and your kids can avoid the dentist and costly dental work.

How Does It Work?

Getting sealants isn’t a complicated process. Dr. Larsen simply cleans and prepares the teeth surface and then paints the sealant material onto the enamel, and the sealant then bonds to the tooth and hardens. Once applied, this protection can last years.

Should My Kids Get Sealants?

Yes! In fact, sealants are best for kids. Adults will sometimes get sealants if there is an increased risk of cavities because of grooves or fissures. But sealants are amazing for kids, because kids sometimes have difficulty consistently cleaning molars, and flossing. In fact, lots of kids have trouble remembering to brush at all! Sealants can be a great tool for parents to protect their kids (and their wallet) from dental issues.

Will Anyone Be Able to Notice the Sealant On Me or My Kids’ Teeth?

Depending on the type of sealant used, the appearance can vary, but is usually very subtle. Dental sealants can be clear, white, or have a slight tint. And since they are usually placed in the back of the mouth, they are very hard to notice.

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Don’t Let Your Dental Restoration Stand Out!

When you come into our office to get a dental restoration, you want to make sure that that restoration is something that will blend in with your rest of your smile. The last thing you want is to draw attention to your smile for dental work that you’ve had done! Things like amalgam fillings and metal crowns make your smile look less natural, and most of our patients prefer something better. That’s why we use tooth-colored fillings and metal-free crowns!

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Traditional amalgam fillings leave little black holes in your smile. We prefer to use composite resin in our fillings, because the material will blend in with any tooth color we see! It is also pliable, so we can make the resin fit anywhere in your mouth for a beautiful restoration that will leave you feeling confident!

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Metal-Free Crowns

Crowns made from metal definitely make a statement, though you might not be too happy with what they are saying! Metal crowns can also cause problems for patients with metal allergies. We use non-metal crowns here in the office and see much better results for our patients! Not only do they feel better, but they create a more aesthetic look.

Don’t get dental work that is going to announce itself to the world every time you open your mouth! Instead, rely on us to give you the dental care you need. Our work will blend into your natural smile, leaving you with something to be proud of! Contact us today to let us know what questions you have, and set up an appointment with us. We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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Get a Filling, Not a Black Hole

Chances are pretty good that when you open your mouth to yawn, there are already some fillings that you wish you could have done again. You want a restoration for your cavity, not something that will draw the attention of everyone who has a view of your mouth! When you step into our office, you can expect a different experience because we put our best foot forward when it comes to your health and the aesthetic quality of your smile.

In most offices, you will receive a traditional amalgam filling when decay is detected in a tooth. The amalgam is made up of different metals as well as mercury. It was the filling of choice because amalgam is cheap and strong. However, we have since learned that amalgam tends to weaken teeth, leak, and the mercury could seep into your system. Because of each of these factors, we turned to a higher quality filling material: composite bonding material.

The Composite Difference

By turning away from amalgam fillings, we have created an opportunity for patients to get a restoration that they can feel good about. Bonding material strengthens your tooth while creating a lasting filling that you can count on for years to come. There are no dangerous substances, and a much lower risk of an allergic reaction to composite fillings. The procedure itself is completely comfortable, and you’ll love the natural-looking result!

Don’t damage the look of your natural teeth! Avoid black holes that draw unwanted attention. Instead, trust composite fillings to repair the damage done by decay. Contact us today to set up your next cleaning and exam. Should you need a filling, we will be able to take care of it in an aesthetically pleasing way!