Are your teeth prone to decay? Does it seem as though no matter how diligently you brush and floss, you’re still susceptible to cavities? Dental sealants may be the solution you’ve been looking for!
A dental sealant, usually made from a fluoride-loaded material, acts as a barrier to prevent cavities from forming on the teeth by increasing the strength of the enamel. Usually, a sealant is applied to the molars and premolars, where decay occurs most often, to prevent bacteria from infiltrating the grooves of these teeth. Even though a patient may be thoroughly brushing and flossing, these grooves are often too narrow for the bristles of a toothbrush to reach in order to extract plaque and food. When a sealant is applied, it protects these areas and “seals out” problematic plaque and food.
The procedure of applying a dental sealant is fast and painless. Your dentist will begin by cleaning the teeth in question, after which they will apply the sealant material. With the help of a curing light, the sealant bonds directly to the grooves and fissures of the teeth, and immediately begins protecting them from decay. A dental sealant can last several years, but your dentist will regularly examine their condition, and re-apply when necessary.
Dental sealants are a great option for children and adults alike, as they are an effective, affordable, and durable way to prevent the formation of cavities in patients of all ages.
If you are prone to cavities, contact our team today to determine whether sealants could be the right course of action for you.
A System for Cavity Prevention and Chemical Erosion
We have established an in-house protocol for patients that have a high risk of tooth decay, and for all patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy of the head and neck. Our dental team will evaluate factors that have a direct impact on your teeth and general health, such as your saliva flow, the type of toothbrush or toothpaste you use, and the type of food you eat. Our dental hygienists will then proceed with a list of questions, and recommend the best tools, foods, techniques, and products to help support and prevent further decay of your teeth.