On the chewing surface of molars, deep grooves extend into the center of the teeth. Even though a toothbrush can skim across these surfaces, the narrow grooves trap bacteria beyond the bristles. Cavities may form and end up abscessing without warning, destroying valuable tooth structure.
If the grooves are free of cavities, they can be gently cleaned out and conditioned for bonding. Then a resin material is flowed into the grooves and sealed quickly with a blue activating light. Within a few minutes, the permanent molars receive a protective measure against cavities. This procedure is quick and involves no discomfort. .
If permanent molars are sealed at a young age, the risk of decay on the chewing surfaces decreases dramatically. We know that children who enter adulthood with the fewest restored teeth will enjoy the lowest risk of future problems.
Sealants only last a few years and may need to be repaired or replaced periodically. But research confirms that sealed molars enjoy a 90% reduction in cavities on the chewing surfaces. That’s great news for parents and kids! And if supports the Flower Dental goal for our patients to experience the least amount of dental treatment possible.