Cavities? Dental Sealants May Help.
- Posted on: Apr 15 2018
No one likes to have cavities. For some of us, though, it seems that no matter how much we brush and floss, those pesky little dental problems seem to pop up when we least expect it. If you or your children struggle with cavities, dental sealants may be the answer.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a special covering that is put on your teeth. The clear plastic material is not visible and does not interfere with eating, talking, brushing or flossing. The sealant protects your teeth from bacteria, food particles, and other problems.
Why Do I Need Dental Sealants?
The molars and pre-molars are especially challenging to keep clean. The grooves on the tooth surfaces are the perfect hiding places for bacteria and food. Some people have fissures that are deeper r wider than normal, so even the most skilled oral hygiene techniques are not adequate to properly clean inside the grooves.
How Long Does It Take to Get Dental Sealants?
Applying dental sealants to your teeth takes very little time. The material is only applied to the teeth that are of concern and only on he chewing surface. For children, the sealants remain in place until the teeth are fully developed. Dental sealants that are used on adults remain in place until the development of cavities is no longer of concern.
What is the Procedure for Dental Sealants?
After your cleaning, a solution is applied to the chewing surface of the teeth. A microscope is used to see the fissures in your teeth. The sealant is applied to the tooth and allowed to harden. A special light may be used to cure the sealant material. The dental sealant will last for several years before needing to be replaced. You can brush and floss as you normally do. Dental sealants do not require any special care.
Learn More About Dental Sealants. Contact Dr. Robert Bankhardt.
To learn more about dental sealants, tooth-colored fillings, fluoride treatments and our other services, contact Dr. Robert Bankhardt to schedule an appointment at our office in Simi Valley, California. You can also contact us directly at (805) 584-1194.
Posted in: Restorative Dentistry