At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, we offer dental sealants to protect teeth from decay, which in turn, preserves the aesthetics of your smile.
Cleaning the teeth can look like an easy task, but there is every probability that we are not getting every part of our teeth clean at all times. Of course, our brushes and dental floss do their jobs, but it all depends on how well we can use them. Even at that, reaching every cranny of larger teeth at the back is tricky.
At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, we employ sealants for the teeth of our patients to ensure that the surfaces of their teeth are protected and easily cleaned.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are really thin. They are used to cover the surface of the teeth used for chewing. Usually, they are placed on the molars and premolars at the back of the mouth which are hard to get to with toothbrushes and flossing. The sealants cover the grooves of the teeth called fissures, as a shield on the enamel to protect the teeth from bacteria, tartar, and ultimately decay.
Who Are Dental Sealants For?
Since everybody has bacteria in their mouth, kids and grownups can profit from the application of sealants. Although, it is much more advised for growing kids to get dental sealants. It is better when kids get sealants for their molars as soon as the permanent ones start to come in. This way the chances of decay and cavity developing in the fissures of these teeth are drastically reduced. Since they do a vital job of holding the right space and alignment for permanent teeth, baby teeth are also suitable for sealants. In addition, adults that do not have molar fillings or decay can also get sealants.
What Is the Procedure for Placing Dental Sealants?
The procedure for sealant placement is fairly easy and painless. Our professionals will assess your teeth to ensure that it is suitable to receive sealants. Once it is assured, we will clean and dry your teeth carefully. After drying them out, we will put a solution on the surfaces of your teeth to make them a bit rough. This is to help the sealant bond easily to your teeth. Then we rinse and dry out your teeth again. Finally, our professionals will cautiously apply the sealant which is a thin coating of plastic gel. With a special light, our professionals will speed up the bond with the tooth and cause the sealant to harden directly.
Benefits of Sealants
Once your dental sealants are placed, you are good to go. The sealants will keep food and bacteria away from the fissures of your teeth preventing them from possible decay. Sealants are clear and white and only take a few minutes to apply. They are steady enough to not dissolve in saliva or hot drinks, and they last a good number of years. To care for your dental sealants, you only need to keep up good oral hygiene, and regular exams with our professionals.
Dental sealants can be placed over your teeth to prevent decay, but with cavities, our professionals will have to assess them to help you determine if you are suitable for sealants. If you are considering getting dental sealants, they are perfectly safe and painless and can be a fantastic option for you. Please do not hesitate to reach us today at Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry by calling us at (336) 283-2593 today to schedule an appointment.