Dental sealants are one of the ways Smile Huntington dental staff protect your teeth from the bacteria that turns into plaque and tartar and causes tooth decay. A dental sealant is a thin coating that your dentist will brush onto the surface of your teeth, specifically your back teeth. Your back teeth, known as molars and premolars, have ridges which can be a place where bits of food and bacteria can get stuck. The job of sealants is to seal the ridges and stop them from being a good hideaway for plaque and therefore prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems from spreading.
Sealants are usually made of plastic, so it is clear and therefore unnoticeable by people looking at you. They are thin enough that most patients won’t feel anything. However, some patients say that they feel that their teeth are smoother. It does not cause pain or discomfort, and the sealant procedure is a quick one.
Your Smile Huntington dentist will go over the procedure in-depth with you before applying a sealant, but here is a general overview of how dental sealants are applied:
First, the teeth are cleaned to remove any plaque buildup or cavities. Once the teeth are dried, our dental staff will put a solution on the teeth that will make the sealant adhere to them. The dentist will then brush a thin layer of sealant over all the teeth which are being treated, like painting on a canvas made of enamel. The sealant is then dried using a special dental light which cures the sealant to the teeth. It will work to prevent cavities from forming or bacteria from building in the deep crevices of your back teeth. Getting dental sealants is a great preventative approach which can save you time and money in the future.
Dental sealants are applied primarily to children’s teeth because of their less-than-perfect oral hygiene routines. They need extra protection against cavities, and dental sealants have the greatest effect on children and teens whose teeth are erupting and growing.
Dental sealants are not a substitute for regular oral hygiene, but they are an excellent way to prevent tooth decay. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Smile Huntington today.