Almost every American has had a cavity at one time or another in their life. If you are at high risk of tooth decay, Dr. Reddy at HomeTown Dental at Sherman may recommend you get dental sealants to prevent damage to your teeth. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of your back teeth. The plastic bonds tightly to your teeth, giving them a smooth chewing surface, and reducing the risk of enamel damage through dental caries.
Why Are Dental Sealants Necessary
Your molars and premolars have a chewing surface that has pits and fissures. Food, particularly sticky food, can get stuck on these chewing surfaces and cannot be easily cleaned, even with a toothbrush. As a result, plaque accumulates on your tooth, leading to cavities. In addition, the back teeth also experience a lot of chewing force and undergo more wear and tear than your front teeth.
A dental sealant can seal the deep grooves in your teeth and prevent bacteria from damaging the enamel and entering the inner tooth chamber. Dental sealants are often used with fluoride treatment which helps to strengthen and remineralize the enamel of your teeth.
What Does a Dental Sealant Procedure Involve?
The placement of dental sealant is a simple and non-invasive procedure. At HomeTown Dental at Sherman, we will first clean and polish the surface of your back teeth to get rid of food debris or traces of plaque. We will then dry the tooth and etch it slightly so that the sealant may easily adhere to it.
We will add the sealant on the surface of the teeth in layers with a fine brush. A blue curing light is applied to accelerate the bonding process and harden the sealant.
We will then ensure that you can bite comfortably with the sealant. After the sealant hardens, you can chew with your teeth again.
Candidates for Dental Sealants
Children and adolescents between the age of 6 and 14 are the most likely candidates for dental sealants. These groups of people often enjoy eating sugary food and do not take especially good care of their oral hygiene. Dental sealants can help protect their teeth from the damaging effects of bacteria.
Adults can also benefit from dental sealants.
In some cases, sealants are also placed on baby teeth to prevent premature loss in case of deep cavities.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
A dental sealant can last for up to 10 years. However, it is important that you get it checked for signs of wear and tear. In case your dental sealant is cracked, it can easily be reapplied.
If you are concerned about the health of your back teeth, dental sealants are a good preventive option to prevent cavities from developing in your teeth. Schedule an appointment with us so that we can conduct a dental exam. Based on the health of your teeth, Dr. Reddy and Dr. Reddy will advise you whether a dental sealant is a good treatment for you.
Call us at 430-202-5033 today. We offer a range of dental services including dental cleaning, dental fillings, and dental crowns for the continued health of your teeth.