Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95 percent chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth.
Sealants were developed in the 1950s and first became available commercially in the early 1970s. The first sealant was accepted by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Therapeutics in 1972. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. In fact, research has shown that sealants actually stop cavities when placed on top of a slightly decayed tooth by sealing off the supply of nutrients to the bacteria that causes a cavity.
Sealants act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of teeth. Sealants are best suited for permanent first molars, which erupt around the age of 6, and second molars, which erupt around the age of 12.
Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the tooth has fully come in. Because of this, children derive the greatest benefit from sealants because of the newness of their teeth. Research has shown that more than 65% of all cavities occur in the narrow pits and grooves of a child`s newly erupted teeth because of trapped food particles and bacteria.
Sealant application involves cleaning the surface of the tooth and rinsing the surface to remove all traces of the cleaning agent. An etching solution or gel is applied to the enamel surface of the tooth, including the pits and grooves. After 15 seconds, the solution is thoroughly rinsed away with water. After the site is dried, the sealant material is applied and allowed to harden by using a special curing light.
Sealants normally last about five years. Sealants should always be examined at the child`s regular checkup. Sealants are extremely effective in preventing decay in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Insurance coverage for sealant procedures is increasing, but still minimal. Many dentists expect this trend to change as insurers become more convinced that sealants can help reduce future dental expenses and protect the teeth from more aggressive forms of treatment.
Nitrous Oxide / Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is used for low levels of apprehension. You will be awake but not care what is going on. It is immediately reversible with oxygen and you can drive yourself home.
NTI Headache Treatment
Are you suffering from migraine and/or tension headaches on a consistent basis? If so, you’re not alone. There are millions of people fighting the same debilitating battle every day, trying to live their lives to the best of their abilities while dealing with reoccurring headaches.
Some people are frustrated with traditional treatment options. Others haven’t found success. Still others are searching for a way to prevent their headaches from returning. Regardless of which group you fall into, Dr. Barbara Mallonee has a solution that has already helped many of her patients find relief from headache pain: the NTI-tss Dental Device.
NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition – tension suppression system, which is a huge phrase for a device that is actually fairly simple. The NTI-tss Dental Device is a small, custom-made night-guard that fits securely and comfortably over your front teeth. The patented design of the NTI-tss allows a gentle separation of your canine and back teeth, helping to minimize the force of your clench and relaxing the muscles in your head.
This safe and effective treatment is FDA cleared, reduces pain, and is indicated for migraine prevention. If you’re tired of fighting the endless battle of migraine and/or tension headaches, the NTI-tss Dental Device may be the solution you’ve been searching for.
White Tooth-Colored Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.