Dental sealants are thin, protective resin coatings that seal the back teeth (premolars and molars) against cavity-causing plaque and food debris. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it’s not always possible to get the food debris stuck in the grooves and depressions of the back teeth. When the food debris is left in these grooves, harmful bacteria turn it into plaque and tartar, resulting in cavities or caries. Dental sealants can prevent this from happening, especially if your back teeth have deep grooves.
If you’re interested in getting dental sealants, book an appointment today with Kids First Dental. We have created a safe and conducive dental care environment that prioritizes oral care for all our patients, including the very young and the elderly.
The dental sealant procedure is painless and usually completed within a couple of minutes. During your appointment, our dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth in readiness for the etching process. The etching process includes roughening the surfaces of the teeth to ensure adequate bonding of the dental sealant.
An acid solution is used to achieve etching—the dentist puts some acid solution on your teeth to ensure that they’re rough enough. Afterward, your teeth are rinsed and dried.
The final step involves applying the dental sealant onto the roughened surfaces of your back teeth. Our dentist in Martinsville, VA may use a special light to facilitate the hardening of the dental sealant.
Children and teenagers are particularly suitable candidates for dental sealants. The reason being that they’re at a critical age when their permanent teeth are coming in, and they may not always brush and floss their teeth properly. As such, a parent can safeguard their young one’s oral health by opting for dental sealants.
Adults without preexisting fillings or cavities can also benefit from dental sealants.
In some cases, our dentist in Martinsville, VA may recommend dental sealants for baby teeth. Baby teeth form an essential foundation for permanent teeth. If the baby teeth are decayed, the permanent teeth will erupt in an environment that’s diseased. As such, dental sealants can be used on baby teeth to guarantee a healthy environment for the permanent teeth.
Do you want to prevent cavities and avoid painful extractions? Get in touch with Kids First Dental today to schedule your dental sealants appointment.