Brushing and flossing regularly as part of your oral hygiene practice can help remove food particles and plaque from the flat surfaces of your teeth. However, this does not necessarily guarantee that you will get all of the nooks and crannies concealed in the rear of the mouth. Sealants, which seal the area from plaque and food, protect these susceptible and difficult-to-reach parts of the mouth from tooth decay and other disorders. Although sealants are commonly linked with children and teenagers due to the risk of decay forming within the depressions and grooves of premolars and molars, adults can also benefit from them. Woodruff Family Dental professionals provide dental sealants as an additional preventive precaution in keeping your teeth from decay and cavities.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic covering that is applied to the grooves of the teeth to prevent cavities. They're typically used on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which are the most prone to decay. The sealant instantly attaches into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, establishing a protective barrier over each tooth's enamel and sealing out food and bacteria.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?
Sealants are often used to safeguard children's teeth; however, dental sealants can also help teens and adults. Sealants are a proactive and simple approach to add an extra layer of protection to teeth. Those that stand to profit the most from the enhanced protection provided by sealants are:
- Patients with deep grooves and depressions on their tooth surfaces
- Young children are still learning about dental hygiene.
- Those who have a genetic tendency to tooth decay
How Are Sealants Applied to Teeth?
- First, the teeth are completely cleaned of plaque and food particles before being extensively checked for tooth decay.
- Each tooth is dried and wrapped in absorbent material to ensure that it remains dry during the treatment.
- To roughen the tooth surface and stimulate sealant material bonding, the tooth is cleansed with a mild etchant (acid etch solution).
- The etchant is rinsed away, and the teeth are dried once more.
- Depending on the material, a thin coating of bonding agent may be applied before applying the highly viscous sealant compound.
- The sealant is applied directly onto each tooth's chewing surface.
- Finally, to solidify the dental sealant, a curing lamp can be employed.
Visit Woodruff Family Dental to learn more about dental sealants and how our team can keep your smile healthy. To schedule an appointment call (870) 972-8190 or visit at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401.