Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the teeth' cusps and grooves to stop the accumulation of food particles and microbes. They are a preventive measure that helps children and adults alike to avoid cavities and tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are best suited for children who are not able to practice good oral hygiene. They provide a protective coating on the surface of the molars and premolars and keep them safe from the accumulation of food particles, plaque, and bacteria. These sealants offer incredible benefits, such as promoting optimum oral health, enhancing good dental hygiene, preventing tooth decay, preventing cavities, improving oral appearance, and boosting one's confidence and self-esteem.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
- Dental sealants provide an effective defense against cavities.
- They are a cost-effective alternative to dental fillings.
- They help to prevent root decay in the permanent teeth from developing.
- Dental sealants provide a protective covering over the grooves, cusps, and pits of the teeth' surface, thereby reducing the accumulation of plaque and debris.
- Sealants prevent tooth decay by preventing bacteria from entering the teeth' pores.
- They keep teeth clean and help improve one's oral health.
- They enhance one's dental hygiene by preventing cavities and tooth decay.
- Dental sealants can be easily removed if required in the future without damaging the tooth structure.
- They prevent food particles from getting stuck in the grooves and on the cusps of the teeth' surface.
- Dental sealants can be easily bonded to the enamel using a special adhesive material.
- They do not change color or appearance over time once they have been bonded to the teeth' surface.
- They are safe to use as they are made from durable materials that do not harm the gums or other soft tissues of the mouth.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Before applying dental sealants to your teeth' surface, our dentist conducts an oral examination to determine your dental health status. If you have any existing signs or symptoms of cavities or other oral conditions, we will treat them before bonding dental sealants to your teeth' surface. During this process, we will also determine whether your teeth have any natural grooves or pits that need to be sealed. Next, we will use mild anesthesia to numb your mouth in preparation for this procedure. Once you feel comfortable with no pain or discomfort during this process, we will begin applying dental sealants to your teeth' surface using a special applicator gun. After application, we will polish them and let them dry before rinsing your mouth with water and applying a saliva-resistant coating on top of them.
Please reach out to our dental practice at (303) 360-7462 or schedule an appointment online, so we can guide you further.