Purpose of Dental Sealants
Good dental hygiene is one of your best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease, but dental sealants can provide an added layer of defense for your molars. The chewing surfaces of molars are rough and textured with folds and fissures that provide plenty of hiding spots for food, plaque, and bacteria. Sealants can reduce the incidence of tooth decay in molars by as much as eighty percent.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as soon as their second molars break through, but they can be placed on both teen and adult teeth, as well. The process is fast and painless. The teeth that will be sealed are cleaned and dried, and then an etching solution is applied to roughen the tooth slightly. This ensures a strong bond between the sealant and the tooth.
We rinse the etching solution off your tooth and apply the dental sealant to the chewing surface. The sealant is clear and hardened using a special blue light. Once the sealant has been applied, it can stay in place for several years. We will check your sealants at each appointment to ensure they are still in good condition and reapply them as needed.
Sealants do not replace good dental hygiene but work by keeping plaque and bacteria out of the chewing surfaces of molars, making it easier for you to protect these hard-to-clean areas. Call us today to learn more about sealants and other ways you can protect your teeth or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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