You do your best to take proper care of your mouth. To maintain an optimal oral care routine, you brush your teeth twice a day, and you floss at least once per day as well. You even make sure to maintain regular dental visits for cleanings and exams. Sometimes, however, issues may still arise. Certain areas of your teeth are harder to keep clean than others. If they are not properly cleaned every day, the buildup of plaque, bacteria and other debris can lead to the development of cavities. One area where this issue is common is the chewing surfaces of your molars. Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry by Dr. Shrenna Clifton can help with dental sealants.
The chewing surfaces of your molars have deep crevices and groves that can be difficult for the bristles of your toothbrush to reach effectively. As a result, bacteria and other debris can collect in these areas, which can quickly lead to the formation of cavities. Dental sealants are designed to help protect these more vulnerable areas. Sealants, made up of plastic and other materials, are an application that is placed on the chewing surfaces of your molars, effectively sealing out bacteria and other debris.
How Dental Sealants Work
Sealants are designed to help aid in the fight against cavities, providing the molars with an additional layer of protection. They cover over the deep crevices on your molars, preventing bacteria and other debris from getting trapped in these places. They also help to make the molars easier to keep clean.
While sealants are effective at preventing buildup in the crevices of your molars, they are no substitute for proper oral hygiene. Cavities can still form in other areas of the teeth, including the areas around where the sealants have been applied. It is still essential to brush and floss daily and have regular dental cleanings and exams. We will check on the condition of your sealants during every exam to make sure that they are in good shape. If they look worn or have been damaged, we can easily replace them.
Quick and Painless Application
The procedure for getting dental sealants is quick, often taking less than 30 minutes to complete. It is also completely painless. There is no need for an anesthetic or sedation of any kind. We start by thoroughly cleaning the teeth. Any cavities that might already be present will have to be treated first. Next, an acid etch is applied to the molars, creating a rough texture on your enamel to help the sealant material bond more effectively with the teeth. The acid is washed away, and the teeth are dried. Next, the sealant material is painted on to the teeth and dried with a special blue light.
I Thought Sealants Were Just for Kids?
Sealants are a common treatment for children. This is because children tend to be more prone to cavities, so sealants provide extra protection while they learn how to properly care for their teeth. However, children are not the only ones who can benefit from sealants. They can be effective for anyone no matter what your age.
Dental sealants, when used alongside a good oral hygiene routine, can help to protect the more cavity-prone areas of your teeth from decay. If you are interested in learning more about sealants and want to find out if they are right for you, call Smiles Cosmetic Dentistry by Dr. Shrenna Clifton today at (470) 400-2001.
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