Beyond brushing and flossing, there is another proven protection against cavities for your children’s teeth. Dental sealants are a thin, but extremely tough, plastic that coats the pits and grooves of teeth. The sealant sinks deep into the fissures in the chewing surfaces of the molars, creating a force field that sheds away food particles and acids that cause decay.
Although there are six stages to sealing teeth, you can usually get a dental sealant for one or more of your teeth in one visit to the dentist. First, preparation of the tooth is needed for the sealant to adhere. A thorough cleaning is required to remove any surface plaque and any food debris that may reside on the tooth being sealed. Then the tooth is dried with a stream of air so that the resin will be effective when applied. The dentist will roughen the tooth somewhat through a process called etching, which will further help the resin attach itself for a firm bond. Once properly etched, the target tooth will receive a rinsing.
Applying the sealant is the next step in the process. After the tooth is dry and isolated again, then comes the application of the dental sealant liquid that will set into a hardened plastic on the tooth. It is brushed onto the tooth by the dentist to ensure that all the pits and fissures are completely covered over. Some sealant sets itself, but the more common type of resin needs a UV light to shine upon it before it will set.
Once completed, your dental sealants normally should last several years with monitoring from your dentist.
If you’d like more information about dental sealants, call Dr. Kenneth Pilgrim and our team at Kenneth Pilgrim. To make an appointment at: 706-820-0413, or come by our office in Flintstone, Georgia.