A person’s back molars are important for properly chewing food. But these teeth are also the most prone to cavities and decay. Fortunately, with dental sealants and good oral hygiene, we can help avoid this serious issue.
Dental sealants are a plastic coating that is painted on the molars to establish an effective barrier against harmful bacteria and plaque. They also smooth out the rough chewing surfaces of the teeth, thereby making them easier to clean and maintain. Sealants are an important preventive treatment that goes a long way towards helping a person maintain strong and healthy teeth.
Sealants are most commonly used for children; however, many adults also receive dental sealants as a way of taking extra measures to protect their teeth. Our experts can determine if sealants are right for any given patient.
Sealants can be applied in just one visit to our practice. We start by thoroughly cleaning the teeth. We then apply an acidic etching gel directly to the teeth. This is used to roughen the outer surfaces of the teeth so that the sealants will be able to bond more easily. We will then dry the teeth and paint on the sealant coating.
The coating will be allowed to dry, and we will evaluate the sealants to make sure that the teeth have been sealed correctly and that the patient’s bite has not been affected. The patient will not need to make any significant changes to their oral care practices after receiving sealants.
Protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and decay with dental sealants from Salem Creek Family Dental. A visit to our practice is the first step to determining if dental sealants are right for your teeth. Please call us at (615) 205-5666 to schedule an appointment.