“Of all my accomplishments, the one that is the most satisfying is seeing a patient who first came to me as a six-year-old child, who had some sealants and preventive care and possibly some teeth straightening, and who has visited us every six months ever since, who then returns with their own perfect teeth and now has children with perfect teeth. Generations of no treatment. I know this may sound weird for a dentist, but it really makes me feel great! This is the type of care I would want for myself and my family, knowing what I know.”
– Dr. David Kagan
At Dental Care of Boca Raton, we believe in preventing decay before it even starts, or at least intercepting it early in the process with as little alteration as possible. Sealants can defend your teeth against bacterial invaders. Biting surface decay is almost 100% preventable because of a procedure called a sealant or preventive resin.
The shape of the biting surface is one of hills and valleys with a thin groove running through the middle, like a very thin and narrow mine shaft or vein of ore. Bacteria can accumulate here untouched, and they use this groove as a pathway to travel well into the tooth where they can hide, breed, eat and produce acid which ultimately dissolves away the enamel (which at the base of this groove is very thin) and causes decay. With old technology, there was no way to tell if there was decay here or not, except to drill into the groove and explore.
A dental sealant or a preventive resin restoration, can be used in combination with air abrasion technology. Air abrasion forces a stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles into this groove to remove everything soft. Without any novocain, the decay can be removed, leaving a clean surface ready for sealing or restoring. And the healthy tooth structure is left intact. The sealant is bonded to the enamel and will stay on for many years. The tooth now has no susceptible grooves, and the chances of getting decay on the biting surface are minimal.
This is how Dr. Kagan likes to practice dentistry—prevent decay before it starts, or at least intercept it as early in the process as possible and do as little alteration of the tooth as possible. If you are looking for a dentist for yourself and your family in the Boca Raton area, give Dental Care of Boca Raton a call today!