Brushing and flossing are one of the best methods for preventing teeth from cavities and gum problems. However, they are not always enough. The bristles of a toothbrush are sometimes unbaled to reach the deep nooks and crannies in the back teeth. This can cause plaque adhesion development of teeth cavities. At Metro Dental, we use Dental Sealants for preventing the teeth against decay.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings which are placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – the molar and premolars – to prevent them from teeth cavities. The sealants form a protective coating on the teeth which prevent food impaction and plaque disposition. In this way, chances of development of teeth cavities on the molar and premolar teeth are minimized.
Who Can get Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are usually placed on the permanent molar and premolar teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that teeth should be covered with sealants immediately after their eruption for maximum prevention against formation of cavities. Application of dental sealants is not only restricted for use in children. They can also be given applied on the teeth of adult patients who are at a higher risk of developing teeth cavities.
How are Dental Sealants Applied?
Application of dental sealants is a simple procedure which is completed in a single sitting. First, Dr. Lynn will clean the teeth followed by the application of an acidic gel. This gel creates small pores on the tooth surface. After 30 seconds, the gel is washed away, and the sealant is applied over the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Finally, the sealant will be hardened through polymerization by using an LED light.
Dental sealants generally last for about several years before they need replacement. You can prolong the life of the dental sealants by improving your oral hygiene status. You should also make sure that you visit us regularly for checkups so that Dr. Lynn examine your teeth and sealants and replace them if necessary.