It is incredibly important to take care of your teeth once you’re your permanent teeth erupt inside your mouth. From here on out, these are the only natural teeth that you will get. Dental sealants are a specialized dental treatment that are used to protect the teeth from cavities. This is a popular family dentistry treatment among young dental patients whose molars are just coming in, yet dental sealants provide the same level of benefits to adult patients. This simple, preventative treatment literally “seals out” harmful sugars, bacteria, and acids and protect your teeth from damage.
When many people think of having any type of dental procedure or treatment, they often conjure up fears or anxieties of pain. You can stop your fretting about any pain or discomfort right now when it comes to dental sealants! There is absolutely no pain associated with having dental sealants applied, and the entire process is very quick.
The back teeth, known as pre-molars and molars, have very rough surfaces to them. These back teeth are responsible for chewing and breaking down food so that it is easily swallowed and digested. These rough surfaces are made up of deep grooves and pits in these back teeth, leaving deep places for food particles and bacteria to linger and become trapped. Dental floss is not designed to clean these areas, and toothbrush bristles cannot reach deep down to clean out the deep fissures of the pre-molars and molars. When food particles, sugars, and bacteria remain trapped inside the mouth, acids begin to form and eat away at your tooth enamel. In fact, this is exactly how cavities are formed – acids eat a hole (i.e. cavity) in the tooth. Dental sealants offer a protective barrier against the formation of cavities by “sealing out” damaging particles and bacteria from entering into the grooves and pits of the back teeth.
The application of dental sealants is quick and painless. Once the teeth are thoroughly cleaned during a dental visit, each pre-molar or molar will be dried and treated individually. The process takes approximately 2-3 minutes per tooth: the tooth is dried, a plastic coating is painted on the tooth, the coating is hardened until it bonds with the tooth enamel. This simple process provides a truly remarkable benefit by creating a barrier of protection on each tooth that is treated.
At Smiles by Seese, we want to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Call today to learn more about dental sealants and how they can protect your oral health.
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