Tooth decay and cavities are a common concern when it comes to oral health, but with advancements in preventive dentistry, particularly the use of dental sealants, these concerns can be effectively addressed. At Sola Smile Co., our commitment is to provide high-quality solutions that promote the longevity and health of your smile. If you are considering dental sealants for your teeth or your child's, our experienced dental team can help.
Exploring Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings designed to cover the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, specifically the molars and premolars. These teeth typically have intricate pits and grooves that can easily trap food particles and bacteria, which can lead to cavities. Sealants act as a protective barrier, preventing these harmful elements from settling and causing dental issues.
Dental sealants are commonly crafted from medical-grade resins, either plant-derived or synthetically produced. Another frequently used material is glass ionomers, which are a mixture of glass powder and a water-soluble acid.
Who Can Benefit from Dental Sealants?
Children and teenagers often receive dental sealants as their molars and premolars emerge, safeguarding their teeth during the years when susceptibility to tooth decay is high. Adults can also get dental sealants. Individuals without previous dental fillings in their molars may benefit from sealants. In some cases, our dentist might recommend sealants for children with pronounced grooves in their primary teeth. Sealants can help ensure the health of these crucial teeth. Baby teeth are important as they guide the permanent teeth into their proper positions.
In our practice, we've observed a growing preference for sealants as a preventive measure. Patients of various ages have embraced this treatment for its simple and straightforward, yet effective approach to combating cavities.
Application of Dental Sealants
The process of applying dental sealants is uncomplicated and pain-free. During a routine visit, our dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth to eliminate any bacteria. We do not want this getting trapped beneath the sealant. After cleaning, an acid etching solution will be applied to enhance the bonding of the sealant. Once your teeth are prepared and dry, our dentist will apply the sealant material onto the enamel. The final step involves using a curing light to harden the sealant, ensuring optimal adherence and maximum protection. The entire process is quick, taking only 30 to 60 minutes.
Longevity and Care of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants typically last up to five years, after which they may require reapplication. Immediately after leaving our practice, you can resume eating and drinking. However, our dentist advises avoiding excessively hard or sticky foods to maintain the longevity of the sealants.
Regular dental check-ups, ideally every six months, allow our dentist to assess the condition of your sealants and recommend any necessary actions. Additionally, these visits provide an opportunity to discuss any other dental concerns or treatments.
Dental Sealants at Sola Smile Co.
At Sola Smile Co. we consistently strive to provide the best dental care possible for our patients. For inquiries or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 512-615-9405.