Preventative dentistry and fissure sealants
The first two years after eruption are the most critical to prevent decay, and our experience at Pymble Dental Practice has found that by using premium 3M adhesive materials has meant close to 100% reduction in decay after 2 years.
Preventative dentistry allows our dentists at Pymble Dental Practice to be the least invasive. Despite advances in dentistry meaning improvements in materials, no filling lasts forever. When a filling is put in a tooth as a teenager, that tooth might have the filling replaced 2-3 times in a lifetime. Every time they are replaced they get bigger, and a simple filling at age 10 can translate into a crown at age 50. Not only is this costly, but it places a lot of stress and anxiety into a patient’s relationship with the dental profession.
Preventive dentistry comprises of:
Regular check-ups and cleans
Digital Radiography analysis
Oral hygiene training
At home medications
Orthodontic interceptive treatments
This electron microscope photograph shows that there is a groove too narrow for a toothbrush bristle to penetrate and mechanically remove bacteria; hence the need for additional preventative measures.
Fissure sealants are protective coatings bonded to the deep grooves of newly erupted adult teeth to prevent them from decaying. In adult molars, the grooves on the chewing surface of the teeth are too deep for toothbrush bristles to reach. Food particles and sugars can be trapped in the deepest parts of the groove and provide the fuel for acid producing bacteria to create holes. The adult first molars are the most commonly filled teeth due to decay!
In the mid-1960s, Drs. Michael Buonocore and E. I. Cueto introduced the first commercial sealant. The dental sealant has been stated as one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. This simple, yet innovative, idea acts as a barrier preventing acid and bacteria from resting in pit and fissures destroying enamel.
The chewing surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, then prepared for resin to be flowed into the fissures (deep grooves). The resin is set by a special light which means the procedure only takes a matter of minutes per tooth. They are usually made from tooth coloured resin.
Sealants last many years, but may chip or wear over time and need to be replaced. We will check on your sealants at each regular visit to ensure they are doing their job!
Pymble Dental offer payment plan solutions to suit all of our patients
We like to make going to the dentist as stress free and comfortable as possible and that’s why we chose three different payment plan options which are easy to navigate and provide ongoing support and options which allow our patients to make the right decision for them.
Crowns & Veneers
Implants & Perio
Snoring & Sleep Apnea
How do I organise a payment plan?
Four Easy Steps
Your dentist provides you with a treatment plan and you enquire about our payment plan solutions
You meet with our practice representative following your appt or at another time that suits you to run through the options we provide
We set up your payment plan on the spot – we offer options with no credit checks or detailed financial information required
You can begin your treatment immediately! Simple, no hassle, no fuss.