Q: What is fissure sealant (protective filling)?
A: Fissure protector is applied to protect the deep grooves on the surface of the teeth from cavities. A lot of cavities occur, especially on the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth. Sealants made of clear or colored plastic are applied to the surfaces of the teeth to keep them cavities free.
Q: How do guards work?
A: Even if your child is brushing and flossing very carefully, some teeth are very difficult to clean in the fine grooves and cavities. In these recesses, accumulations make rot. The preservatives ‘seal’ the plaque, thus reducing the risk of pitting.
Q: How long do preservatives stay in the mouth?
A: The life expectancy of fissur protectors written in the books is 2 years. Thus, your child will be protected in the years with the highest caries risk. Protectors will last longer if your child has good oral care and avoids biting hard objects. Your pedodontist will check the guards during routine examinations and recommend reapplication or repair as necessary.
Q: How does it apply?
A: The application of the protector is quick and convenient. It is done in a single appointment. Once the mouth is cleaned. Then the surface is prepared and dried. Then it is poured into the cavities of the protective tooth and cured with a special light. Your child will be able to eat immediately after the appointment.
Q: Which teeth should have a protective filling?
A: The natural flow of saliva keeps the flat surfaces of the teeth clean, but cannot clean grooves and cavities. The teeth that carry a lot of caries risk and therefore need protection the most are the 6 and 12 year old molars. In most cases, preventive treatment is also appropriate for permanent premolars and primary molars. Protective application is beneficial on all teeth with deep grooves and pits.
Q: If my child has guards, is brushing and floss still important?
A: Definitely! Protectors are the first step in keeping your child spine-free. Brushing, flossing, a balanced diet, limited snacking and regular dental checkups are essential for a bright and healthy smile.
PLACE HOLDER FOR CHILDREN
Q: Why do children lose their milk teeth?
A: A milk tooth should stay in place until the permanent tooth underneath pushes it into place. Unfortunately, some children lose their milk teeth too soon. A tooth may have been accidentally dislodged or pulled out due to an illness.
Q: Why is there so much fuss? After all, don’t milk teeth fall out on their own?
A: Baby teeth are important for your child’s current and future dental health. These milk teeth ensure the normal development of jaws, bones and muscles. They constantly occupy space for the teeth and guide them to sit in their correct places. Remember that some milk teeth do not fall out until the child is 12 or 14 years old.
Q: How does a lost primary tooth cause a permanent tooth problem?
A: If a primary tooth is lost too soon, the adjacent tooth will bend or deviate into the empty area. The teeth in the opposing jaw may move up or down to fill the gap. When the adjacent tooth slides into the empty space, a loss of space for permanent teeth occurs in the jaw. Therefore, permanent teeth drive crooked and cramped. If left untreated, this condition requires a wider range of orthodontic treatment.
Q: What is a placeholder?
A:Placeholders are appliances made of metal or plastic specially prepared for your child’s mouth.
They are in a small and non-obtrusive appearance. Many children easily use these appliances after the first few days.
Q: How does the placeholder work?
A: Placeholders provide protection of the extracted tooth space. They ensure that the remaining milk tooth stays in place and does not slip until the permanent tooth takes its place. Keeping the teeth in their normal position with a placeholder is an easier procedure than pulling back teeth that have been damaged by orthodontic treatment.
Q: How should placeholders be maintained?
a. Sticky sweets or chewing gum should be avoided.
b. Do not push or pull the placeholder with finger or tongue.
c. The placeholder should be kept clean by careful brushing or flossing.
d. The dentist should be visited regularly.