A procedure that our Studio offers young patients is the sealing of permanent teeth. In fact, around the age of six the first the first permanent molars appear and usually have narrow and deep grooves, the cleaning action of the toothbrush bristles is more complex due to the lack of attention when children clean their teeth.
Sealing consists of applying a fluid resin that is made to slide inside the grooves and of the slits, previously treated with an appropriate acid to make them porous and enhance retention of the resin, which is then “cured” with halogen lamps. This procedure is painless and aims at the formation of a mechanical barrier on the grooves of the tooth in order to avoid the stagnation of food and plaque thus preventing decay processes. Seals can last many years and be repeated when the resin wears off.
Yes, it is important, because teeth are not just used for chewing but also act as a “guide” for permanent teeth. When a milk tooth falls too early, the permanent one runs the risk of not finding the space where to grow and comes out in the wrong place/position, as its space may have been taken up by neighbouring teeth.
Considering the fact that that the first molars appear around the age of two and usually last up to the age of 10-12 years old. If tooth decay appears soon after the tooth breaks out, decay may continue to grow in depth, reaching the nerve of the tooth and will finally require, a root draining or even extraction. Hence, the risks in this case, of creating discompensation for the development of the permanent teeth to come.
Dr. Umberto Tacchino: pedodontist, Conserver, Endodontist and Oral Surgeon. He has also collaborated, among others, with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at ‘Galliera’ Hospital in Genoa.