There are a variety of dental procedures and treatments that focus on preventing dental decay before it becomes a problem. One such treatment is a dental sealant.
Are you seeking a proven way to protect your children’s teeth or your own with dental sealants? Then visit any of our FLOSS dental offices in Coppell, Lakewood, Southlake, Oak Lawn, Park Cities, Preston Royal, Uptown Dallas, 5th Street Austin, or 38th Street Austin.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are tooth-colored acrylics that cover or “seal” an area on a tooth. Typically, dental sealants are applied to the deep pits of molars. This is because molars have deep ridges that tend to collect food and drink particles, which are perfect conditions for dental decay causing cavities that require amalgam or composite fillings.
How Are Sealants Applied?
If you have any misgivings about getting sealants, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you come into any FLOSS dental office. Dental sealants are painless to apply and the entire procedure only takes a few minutes. In fact, your initial examination will make up the majority of your visit. After determining which teeth and areas would benefit most from sealants, our dentists will begin the following sealant process:
- Cleaning: A deep and comprehensive cleaning of your teeth occurs to prepare your mouth for the procedure.
- Site Preparation: A mild acidic solution is applied to the site chosen for the sealant. This step causes the small surface area to roughen up so that the sealant can adhere to the site better.
- Sealant Application: The sealant is gently painted to the surface of the tooth in layers. Sealants are shaped then hardened with the aid of a curing light.
- Check & Polish: Afterwards, we verify that your bite feels natural and unimpeded. If any adjustments are required, they are addressed. Lastly the surface of the sealant is polished and the procedure is complete.
Child & Adult Dental Sealants
Although children are usually recommended for sealants, adults can get them as well. Since sealants are very effective in reducing cavities, anyone who is at risk of developing cavities is suitable for dental sealants. Simply check with one of our dentists about acquiring sealants and they will verify if you are a good candidate for this procedure.