Dental sealants are a quick, painless procedure that help block out cavities from the most susceptible areas of the teeth. Deep pits and grooves in the tooth’s surface can easily develop tooth decay and it isn’t always your child’s fault. In fact, even the thinnest toothbrush bristle cannot always clean these microscopic areas.
Sealants cover these deep crevices and prevent bacteria from causing demineralized enamel, and eventual cavities. Once in place, the sealant makes brushing more efficient, because the toothbrush will be able to remove all of the biofilm from the tooth’s surface.
Preventing Cavities Has Never Been Easier
It takes only a few minutes to place a sealant on a tooth and the procedure can even be completed during a cleaning appointment. One of our dentists or hygienists will gently condition the tooth, apply the protective sealant material over the roughened surfaces and then use a bright light to cure the sealant until it is hard.
Sealants aren’t permanent, but with proper care they can last for several years. It’s important to avoid sticky snacks like taffy or caramel, which can pull the sealants off. We will touch up the sealant within the first year, if necessary.
So call us today to schedule your child’s appointment and be sure to also ask about our Fluoride Treatment to prevent tooth decay and sensitivity.