More than 75% of dental decay begins in the deep grooves or crevices of your teeth. Unfortunately, these pits and fissures on your teeth (especially the molars) can be difficult to clean, even with regular brushing and flossing and general dentistry. To protect teeth from decay and make cleaning easier, a dental sealant may be placed. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep depressions on your teeth. The plastic resin material effectively bonds and hardens as it fills in these grooves. This greatly reduces plaque accumulation in these areas and creates a smooth cleaning surface for more effective brushing. Children most commonly benefit from dental sealants, as it prevents decay on newly erupted permanent teeth through the cavity prone years. Sealants are designed to protect teeth for many years. However, we will monitor your sealants for early wear and damage during your routine visits.
Reasons for Sealants
Sealants are primarily recommended for children as soon as their six-year molars appear. This provides valuable cavity protection through these early years of novice brushing and greater risk. Adults may also benefit from sealants if they have deep grooves or pits on their tooth surfaces that make them more susceptible to decay. We recommend sealants on a case-by-case scenario. You can trust that our practice values the importance of preventative dentistry. Therefore, we will take extra measures to protect the health, function and beauty of your smile through all stages of life.
What do sealants involve?
Getting sealants is a quick, simple and painless process. It is performed by a dentist or hygienist and only takes a couple of minutes per tooth. Before applying the sealant, your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. We will apply a special solution to each tooth surface to help the sealant bond. Next, the teeth are rinsed and dried. The clear sealant material is then carefully painted onto the enamel of the tooth to fill in the deep grooves. Finally, the material will either harden automatically or require the use of a special curing light. Caring for your dental sealants involves the same action steps as caring for your teeth. Although sealants are considered a form of protection for your teeth, they are not a substitute for regular brushing and flossing.
To learn whether dental sealants could benefit your smile, please contact Dentistry of Highland Village today. We have flexible appointment times and easy financing options to make your dental care convenient and hassle-free in Houston.