It’s a beautiful Thursday morning, the sun is out. And I am looking at a set of the most BEAUTIFUL teeth. We are scheduled to place sealants on all his back teeth, and one small filling. A sealant is placed over the grooves to seal out decay. A well placed sealant will prevent teeth from getting cavities in the grooves. All of a sudden the thought hits me, I need to share this teachable moment, I can take some before and after pictures.

A beautiful tooth before sealants.

The picture of a beautiful tooth before we start the sealants.

Before and After photos

Before Picture. Tooth #19 has a cavity, Tooth #20 needs a sealant to prevent cavities. After photo - filling on #19, sealant on #20.
Before Photo. I brought up the photo on the screen, and sure enough, you can see the tooth that has a cavity. It’s a perfect example of why we place sealants. Tooth #19 has a cavity and must be repaired with a filling, Tooth #20 needs a sealant to prevent cavities. After Photo – Beautiful! Note: For sealants, no anesthesia is required, for most fillings it is. An ounce of prevention (sealants in this case) is worth a pound of cure (a filling).

 

Norman Medina DDS
Norman Medina DDS

Norman Medina DDS, graduated from Loma Linda University Dental School in 1994. He has been practicing dentistry in Midcoast Maine since 1994. He and his wife Lanita have four children.

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