Protect your child’s permanent molars with dentist-recommended sealants. One set of four molars erupts at about six years of age, and a second set of four at about 12 years of age.
The grooves in these teeth are at risk of decay as soon as they break the gum surface because plaque bacteria and food particles jam deep in the grooves. Studies show teeth are most at risk during the first six months of eruption.
Adolescent patients are monitored to determine the optimal time for sealant placement. Appointments take about a half-hour and are painless. There has been some controversy about the ingredient Bisphenol-A (BPA). Our office only uses non-BPA sealant material.
Drs. McConnell and Keesler use a diode soft tissue laser to treat gum infection and tissue overgrowth. It is also used to remove suspicious growths and uncover implants. This procedure often does not require shots or stitches. The wound heals quickly with minimal discomfort and no scar.
A DIAGNOdent pen, which is similar to a laser pointer, detects decay at the earliest stages. This allows for the most conservative filling possible, which saves the original tooth structure. It also helps us avoid covering decay when sealants are applied to children's teeth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer screenings are performed at every six-month routine visit to our office. Our team will inspect all tissue inside and outside the mouth of the head and neck for abnormalities. Early detection may result in better treatment outcomes and may help keep you or someone you love from becoming one of the 10,030 people whose lives may be claimed this year by the disease.
Contact us to keep your teeth bright and healthy.