When analyzing the teeth, it is easy to see how complex all of the nooks and crannies are. These grooves and crevices can, unfortunately, create cozy homes for bacteria and infections. If you have a child that is seemingly going to the dentist often to fill cavities or if you’re an adult that genetically is prone to tooth decay, then dental sealants may be the solution for you. In the following article, we will discuss what dental sealants are and why they can be important for you.
Dental sealants form a protective barrier between your teeth and bacteria introduced from food debris, plaque, or even tartar. By sealing off your teeth from these dangerous substances, you are protecting them from potential infections, tooth decay, and cavities.
Applying Dental sealants is one of the simplest procedures that are done in our dental office. After thoroughly cleaning and drying the surface of your teeth, your dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel off the surface of your teeth in order to prepare them for a good bond. A thin layer of protection, known as the dental sealant, is then painted onto the surface of your teeth. Finally, the sealant is cured by using a UV light that is shone onto your teeth.
While dental sealants, as with most other preventive or cosmetic dentistry solutions, are not permanent, dental sealants can be long-lasting. With the proper care of your teeth, not chewing or biting hard substances habitually, and regular visits to the dentist can ensure that your dental sealants are effective for a long time. There may come a time when your dental sealants may need to be reapplied, but it is a very simple and easy procedure.
Preventive care is one of the most important forms of dentistry, and we know this well at Distinctive Dental Care Villa Park, IL. If you have more questions concerning dental sealants or if you would like to schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family, feel free to send us an email or give us a call. The time is now to protect your teeth so don’t wait, contact us today!