At AZ Family Dentistry, we can help you prevent cavities by using dental sealants. In addition to regular cleanings and check-ups, we can also recommend a number of services and products. This will help you keep your teeth healthy and avoid a number of common dental problems, including decay.
One of the services we offer is dental sealants. These sealants are helpful and effective to reduce cavities for both kids and adults. Thanks to sealants, many of our patients have fewer cavities. By opting for sealants now, you may be saving yourself the future discomfort and costs of treating decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin layer of resin that is applied in the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of molars. Once the sealant is cured, you can expect it to remain in place for several years. Even from close up, it is difficult to see the sealant as they are white and opaque which almost go with the shape of the teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier between cavity-causing agents and the grooves of your teeth and is a useful step towards keeping your teeth cavity-free.
When Are Dental Sealants Used?
Sealants are often used in children when the permanent molars make their appearance. They can also be used in anyone whose teeth have deep grooves or other natural nooks and crannies on the chewing surfaces of their teeth that are difficult to keep clean. We may also recommend sealants if you are particularly prone to cavities on the chewing surfaces of your teeth for any other reason.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
The process to place sealants is simple, quick, and painless – no shots required!
Sealants are fixed at the back of the teeth as it is the most common location for cavities and decay to occur. The first permanent molars usually erupt around the age of 6, so this is a good time to start talking about sealants.
We’ll begin the process by performing a thorough cleaning to make sure that the teeth being treated are completely free from plaque and tartar. The sealant itself is “painted” on in a thin layer, and then a special light is used to cure the sealant so that it hardens and remains in place. Once cured, you can expect the sealant to last for a few years. At each check, we’ll diagnose the condition of your sealant and replace your sealant if necessary.
Sealants do not replace the need for good oral hygiene habits. While the chewing surfaces of your teeth will be protected, you still need to brush and floss as directed by our dentists to prevent cavities from developing in other areas of the mouth and to avoid gum disease. We can also discuss fluoride’s role in preventing cavities.
To learn more about sealant and find out the preventative treatment you can undergo talk to our expert dentist Dr. Narra at Glendale dental office to book your appointment.