INCLINE FAMILY DENTISTRY
Have you ever wished you could somehow seal all the nooks and crannies on the surface of your teeth so that harmful, cavity-causing bacteria can’t get in? If so, then you’re going to be excited to learn about dental sealants.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin protective coating applied to the teeth to protect against decay. Sealants are usually applied to what dentists call “occlusal” surfaces of the molars or back teeth. That simply means that sealants go on the surface of teeth that come into contact with other tooth surfaces. Think of how the upper and lower molars touch each other when you chew. Those touching surfaces are where the sealant is applied. That’s because those are the areas most likely to have deep fissures, or crevices, that are difficult to clean, even with good dental hygiene. It’s also where cavities are most likely to develop.
How are Dental Sealants Applied?
Applying dental sealants is painless. First, the dentist examined your teeth to make sure there are no cavities or other issues that require repair. Next, the teeth are dried with air and a solution is applied to prepare the tooth surface for the sealant material. After rinsing and drying the teeth again, the sealant material is brushed onto the surface of the teeth. The sealant is then cured (hardened) with an ultraviolet (UV) light.
What are Dental Sealants Made of?
Dental sealants are made of a clear plastic resin. While dental sealants do contain a small amount of BPA, they are perfectly safe. In fact, research shows that simply breathing the air around you exposes you to 100 times more BPA than dental sealants!
Who Gets Dental Sealants?
You may think children are the only ones who need to consider dental sealants, but that’s not the case. Dental sealants are an excellent option for children, teens, and adults who want to dramatically reduce the risk of dental caries. Even in cases of existing cavities, dental sealants can be applied to stop further damage after a cavity is repaired.
As with any dental procedure, dental sealants are in no way a replacement for good oral hygiene and regular preventative care visits to the dentist. You should brush at least twice daily and floss once per day to keep your mouth healthy in addition to regular checkups and professional cleanings.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Here at Incline Family Dentistry in Lakewood Colorado, Dr. Travis Barr can address all of your dental care needs, including applying dental sealants. Even if you’re not sure whether dental sealants are for you, call us today to set up a consultation. We’re here to serve all your dental needs.