Dental sealants are a proven and effective dentistry solution to prevent cavities. The sealant is made of a synthetic material that is usually applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth, where majority of the decay takes place. The sealant acts as a barrier and allows the teeth to have a longer, healthier life.
While good dental hygiene will help remove plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, but the grooves and depressions in the back teeth may not be cleaned up completely. Dental sealants will preserve these vulnerable areas against plaque deposits. Leading cosmetic dentist Dr. Rob Strain provides dental sealants to patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations.
How does it Work?
An experienced dentist can apply the sealants easily. The sealant will be painted onto the tooth enamel, where it will get bonded directly to the tooth and become firm. The plastic resin will cover the pits and fissures and act as a barrier against plaque and acids. The tooth surface will have protection against decay as long as the sealant remains intact.
The sealant is able to sustain the normal chewing forces and may last for many years before a reapplication may be required. The dentist will review the condition of the sealant during the period dental exams and reapply them when necessary.
The potential of dental decay occurring in the grooves and depressions of the molars and premolars comes early in life. Therefore, kids and teens are obvious candidates for dental sealants. However, adults can also benefit from sealants in the molars that are currently free of decay or fillings.
In case of children, the sealants should ideally be placed on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth have erupted. This will ensure that the teeth remain protected through the cavity-prone age group of six to 14 years.
In a few cases, the dental sealants may be recommended for baby teeth, when these teeth have deep fissures and grooves. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for dental sealants.
The application of dental sealants involves a simple and painless procedure. The dentist will only take a few minutes to apply the sealant to properly seal each targeted tooth. The steps in the procedure are as follows:
- To begin with, the affected teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
- Each tooth is then dried properly, and an absorbent material or cotton is placed to keep it dry.
- A special solution is applied on the chewing surfaces of the affected teeth to create a slight roughness. This will enable strong bonding of the sealant to the teeth.
- The teeth are then rinsed and dried.
- Finally, the sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel. A curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.
Dental sealants can offer protection against decay for up to 10 years, or even more. However, the dentist should check them for wearing or chipping during periodic dental exams.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.