Cavities are the most common dental problem in adults and children alike. Factors such as poor oral hygiene, unhealthy eating habits, underlying disease, etc., could accelerate this condition. Dental sealants are an easy way to ensure that your teeth are protected from decay and cavities.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are the acrylic coatings that we place on the occlusal (chewing) surface of your permanent back teeth – premolars and molars – to save them from decay. The grooves of the chewing surfaces expose them to decay as they are hard to clean and prone to the accumulation of plaque.
When the acid from the bacteria in the plaque attacks your enamel, cavities may develop. Sealants give extra protection to all these areas. As your teeth are fully covered, no build-up of these substances occurs. Depending upon their type, sealants can be white, clear, or tinted.
What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?
- Dental sealants provide extreme protection against the buildup of plaque and food items in the grooves of your teeth
- The procedure of applying sealants is pain-free
- They give added support to your oral care
- If cared for properly, dental sealants may last up to 10 years
- Sealants do not require high maintenance
- Dental sealants are a cost-effective treatment to protect your teeth long-term
What Is the Procedure of Placing Sealants?
- We start by cleaning the surface of your teeth thoroughly using a rotating brush and toothpaste. Your teeth are then rinsed and dried completely.
- We put an etching solution on the fissured area of the chewing surface of your teeth. It is done to create small microscopic areas and roughen the surface of your teeth. Both these factors ensure that the sealants are properly attached to your teeth.
- We allow your teeth to dry again and then place liquid dental sealants on them. We let the sealants harden using a special light and/or time. Sometimes, we also use two-component dental sealants that can be set without a curing light.
- After sealants harden, they appear like a varnish coating.
How to Care for Sealants
- Maintain good oral hygiene by regularly brushing and flossing your teeth.
- Avoid eating hard, sticky, and chewy food items as they may break or chip your sealants. Do not eat gummies, toffees, ice, and other hard candies.
- Rinse your mouth using an antiseptic mouthwash to maintain your oral hygiene.
- Visit our dental clinic regularly for checkup and dental cleanings.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentists, Dr. Robbins or Dr. Fincel. Call Dentist in Springfield MO at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.