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Alan Paul Friz, DDS | Sealants in Huntingburg

Family and Implant Dentistry of Huntingburg, LLC


1411 N Chestnut Street                                                         
Huntingburg, IN 47542                                                         





Alan Paul Friz, DDS in Huntingburg IN

Not Sealed -----------------Sealed

Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your permanent premolars and molars [back teeth]. These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they have deep developmental grooves that are impossible to completely clean.

Look at the photo above.  Do you see the grooves in the tooth on the left?  These grooves go deep into the tooth and are so  narrow that even one toothbrush bristle cannot get into them to clean.  The tooth on the right has been sealed leaving a smooth surface which is easy to keep clean.  This tooth now has no open grooves to trap bacteria, plaque, or food.

Permanent First Molars come into the mouth at around 5-7 years of age, and Second Permanent  Molars come in between the ages of 11-14. The Permanent First and Second Premolars come into the mouth at around age 10-12. Some parent opt to have the Permanent Premolars sealed also. It is best to have a sealant placed when these teeth first come in to ensure they are protected early.

To place a sealant, Dr. Friz first cleans and opens the grooves in the teeth.  An adhesive is applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid is then hardened with light and creates a barrier between your tooth and any bacteria, plaque, and food particles. Sealants can last through the cavity prone years and can be reapplied if necessary.