Dental Sealants by Comfortable Care Dentistry
Dental sealants are one of the most outstanding breakthroughs in the history of tooth decay prevention. Their application the top of teeth offers protection from cavities and the build-up of plaque and debris. As a family dentistry practice, we see a lot of kids coming through with cavity-prone teeth. Children’s teeth are especially susceptible to cavities because of the many bumps and grooves they have on their biting surfaces. As a result debris and resulting bacteria become lodged in their grooves easily and can create dental issues.
Kids and adults have these grooves (called pits and fissures) and all face the same problems. Our posterior teeth, the premolars and molars, have the most grooves and because of their location are the most difficult to clean with a toothbrush or floss. We utilize the application of dental sealants on the appropriate teeth to prevent tooth decay and buildup of unwanted bacteria causing debris.
Dental Sealant Procedure
Typically dental sealants are applied to baby teeth shortly after they erupt. Because the sealants are not permanent and are lost naturally due to the natural wear and tear of the teeth, their application is repeated. Initially Dr. Kostrzewski will clean the patient’s teeth, dry them and then apply a slightly acidic solution that helps the sealant bond to the tooth. Next, each tooth is covered with the sealant coating with a layer that closely matches their natural tooth color. Finally we use a high-intensity curing light to harden the sealant so that it can provide the protective powers the tooth needs.
How Does a Sealant Help Protect Teeth?
Because the sealant bonds to the depressions and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, it acts as a barrier that protects enamel from plaque and acids that are caused by foods and saliva. Although brushing and flossing help to remove debris and plaque from our teeth, they often cannot remove enough so that the teeth are free from bacteria build-up. The dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas by sealing out plaque and food.
It is important to remember that sealants are not just for kids, adults can benefit from them too. To find out if you can benefit from the application of dental sealants, schedule a consultation with our office today. To learn more about dental sealants please contact us today and we would be happy to provide you with any additional information you may need.
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