One of the most effective ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay on a person’s back teeth is by using dental sealants. This treatment works by sealing off the deep pits and fissures that are commonly found on one’s molars. These areas are prime breeding grounds for bacteria and harmful acids. Dental sealants provide an effective barrier for these areas, protecting tooth enamel from damage.
Roughly 75 percent of all tooth decay takes place within the deep pits and fissures present on a person’s back teeth. Even with proper brushing and flossing techniques, these areas are still very difficult to reach. By applying dental sealants, these rough surfaces can be smoothed out, making them much easier to clean and maintain. After dental sealants have been applied, they should regularly be checked for wear and tear during the patient’s future dental checkups. If cared for properly, dental sealants should last for several years.
Some of the best candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers who are still learning correct brushing and flossing habits. Dental sealants are often used on baby teeth, which can feature deep grooves and fissures; however, many adults also use dental sealants to protect their teeth from cavities and decay.
Applying Dental Sealants
Dental sealants can be applied in just one visit. The process only requires a couple of minutes per tooth. The first step is to clean and dry the teeth that are designated for sealing. The teeth are kept dry throughout the procedure using a cotton swab. Next, the surfaces of the teeth are roughened using an etching solution. This is done so the sealant coating can easily bond with the teeth. Once the teeth have been adequately roughened, the etching solution is rinsed off, and the teeth are re-dried.
Acrylic sealant will then be carefully painted onto the surface of the teeth, and the coating will be allowed to fully dry. Once completed, we will make sure that the grooves and fissures of the teeth have been fully sealed, and the patient will be provided with instructions on how to care for their new dental sealants.
If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and how they can be used to protect your teeth from cavities and decay, please call us at (734) 441-0200 to schedule an appointment.