Protect your teeth from decay and cavities with quality dental sealants from the office of Edison Park Smiles. Dental sealants are one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay from occurring, especially in the back teeth. They are a thin coat of plastic that are applied on the rough surfaces of the back teeth in order to smooth them out and prevent the manifestation of plaque, bacteria, and food.
Why sealants are needed
The surfaces of your back teeth are rough and contain grooves and fissures that could become home to food particles, bacteria, and plaque. A coat of sealants applied over these surfaces acts as a barrier. The sealant material molds into the grooves and fissures making the surface smooth and preventing bacteria and food from gathering there. Though they are typically used for children, sealants have been found to be equally effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay in adult teeth.
The process of applying dental sealants to the teeth
- First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove any existing deposits of plaque and tartar.
- Once the teeth have been cleaned, a piece of cotton wool is placed in the mouth and around the teeth so that the teeth stay dry during the application process.
- An etching solution is rubbed onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to further roughen the surface, which allows the sealant to attach easily. After a while, the etching solution is cleaned off and the teeth are dried again.
- The sealant material is applied to the teeth and allowed to bond to the chewing surface of the teeth.
For more information about the benefits offered by dental sealants, please feel free to contact our office for an appointment. Our experts will assist you in understanding how sealants will be effective and helpful in preventing tooth decay for you.