Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to protect the chewing surface of the back teeth. They are painted directly on the molars to create a barrier that prevents bacteria, tartar and plaque from accessing the teeth and causing damage.
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental health issues. The problem usually occurs in the back of the mouth, where the deep grooves and fissures that are typically present on the teeth provide the perfect environment for harmful oral bacteria. If the teeth are exposed to bacteria for extended periods of time, decay is likely. For that reason, it is important to remove harmful bacteria from the teeth and to keep the teeth clean as much as possible. That is why it is so important to brush and floss every single day and to receive regularly scheduled dental checkups and cleanings. But there are also other ways to help protect the teeth and keep them healthy. One of these is dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a very thin coating of acrylic plastic that is painted on the back teeth to prevent contact with harmful bacteria. Although teeth that have been treated with sealants must still be cleaned and maintained, this treatment is very helpful in keeping the teeth healthy and free of decay. In addition to sealing off the teeth, dental sealants also provide the benefit of making teeth smoother and easier to clean.
Madison Family Dental provides dental sealants for both adults and children. Sealants are applied in a very simple process that can be completed in just one visit. To start, we thoroughly clean any tooth that is designated for sealing. The next step is to dry the teeth and to use an acidic etching solution to roughen their outer surfaces. By roughening the teeth, we can help the sealant coating bond with the teeth more easily. The teeth are then dried again, and the sealant coating will be carefully painted on. We then allow the coating to dry and assess the patient’s bite, making sure that their teeth have been adequately sealed.
The best way to determine if dental sealants could be right for you or your child is to make a visit to Madison Family Dental. Call us at (201) 468-9884 to schedule an appointment.