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Dental sealants are a popular and effective way to protect your child’s teeth against cavities.

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a plastic coating painted on the grooved, hard-to-reach surfaces of the back teeth. Pits and fissures on these surfaces are particularly susceptible to tooth decay. Dental sealants can be used to seal out cavity-causing bacteria from damaging the teeth.

How are dental sealants applied?

Dental sealants can be quickly applied. One of our hygienists will prepare the chewing surfaces of the teeth, then paint on the sealant. The sealant material bonds directly to the tooth and hardens with the aid of a special curing light.

Dental sealants hold up well under the force of chewing, and they provide protection against cavities for about five years. During regular dental visits, one of our dentists will check the state of the sealants to make sure they are still providing maximum protection.

How do dental sealants protect teeth?

Because fluoride is effective in preventing decay from forming on the smooth surfaces of teeth, and dental sealants protect the grooves of teeth, these treatments are best used in conjunction.

Dental sealants are particularly effective for protecting children's teeth. The first permanent molars emerge when a child is about 6. A dental sealant treatment performed shortly after these first permanent teeth emerge protects the teeth from developing cavities. Another good time for applying sealants occurs when a child is about 12, when the second permanent molars emerge.

We may also recommend sealants for adults who are at a particularly high risk of tooth decay.

What are the causes of bruxism (teeth grinding)?

Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of factors; often, both emotional and physical factors are involved. Causes can include stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth.

How can bruxism be treated?

Once the cause or causes of bruxism are determined, your dentist can develop a course of treatment.

Treatment methods may include:

Relaxation techniques if stress is at the root of the problem
Physical therapy
Muscle relaxants
A mouth guard to wear at night during sleep

Bruxism can cause serious pain and headaches, as well as dangerous wear on the teeth. It is crucial to seek treatment for bruxism early to avoid waking up with headaches or jaw pain.

Our laboratory is capable of making several types of night guards. These range from a soft flexible material to a dual laminate. (soft material on the inside and a hard exterior shell). Our dentist will be able to determine which type of mouth guard is best suited to your needs.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is a common complaint among our patients. Marion Family Dental features several methods of filling gaps in a patient's smile.

If I am missing one or more teeth, what are my options?

Patients today have an array of options for replacing missing teeth, ranging from dental bridges, partial and full dentures,to dental implants. Each of these offer a solution to the problem of missing teeth, but have different advantages and varied costs.

If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, we urge you to seek treatment. Adjacent teeth can shift into the gap left by a lost tooth; in addition, a missing tooth can lead to bone loss, hygiene problems, difficulties with speaking and eating, and much more. Today’s dental restorations are better than ever, and they can give you a strong bite and a beautiful smile. Our dentist and staff can explain these options in detail so you will be able to make an informed decisions as to which restoration is right for you.

In this section we have answered some of the questions that we hear most often from our patients, and hopefully through this web site have given you a better understand of who we are and what we do at Marion Family Dental.

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