When it comes to health care, prevention is always better than cure. In dentistry, dental sealants prove to be one of the most effective cavity-fighting treatment whom both children and adults can benefit from. We at Langston Amador Dental Group, believe in the importance of dental sealants to the teeth. And since we strive to keep our patients’ oral health in tip-top shape, aside from sealants, we also offer fluoride applications for added oral health protection. While most patients think that sealants are only for children, adults can actually benefit from it as well.
For those who are unfamiliar with sealants, these are thin coatings of plastic which are directly applied on the chewing surfaces. Out of all the teeth, molars and premolars are the ones that can benefit the most. Due to its form and location, toothbrush bristles cannot properly clean the area around the teeth, especially the pits and fissures on its surface. If this is left unattended, harmful substances such as bacteria and acids can eat away the enamel, therefore, resulting in cavities.
Sealants can be applied to molars and premolars to flatten the surface, covering the deep pits and fissures to keep the teeth well protected against the harmful substances. To convince parents that their children can get the treatment pleasantly, and adults who are quite hesitant if sealants would work on their teeth, here is the step by step process of its application.
Step 1: Cleaning
The dentist would use certain oral apparatus to make sure that the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. It is to make sure that the materials would bond properly. The process also gets rid of any harmful matter that can pose any future threats to oral health. Afterward, the teeth are kept dry.
Step 2: Preparation
An etching solution with an acidic nature will be applied; this slightly roughens the chewing surface. Its purpose is to strengthen the bond of the sealant material to be placed on the teeth. The solution has an added benefit of killing any bacteria left on the deep fissures and pits.
Step 3: Drying
After washing off the etching solution, the tooth will then be dried for the dentist to evaluate if the site is ready for the sealant placement.
Step 4: Application
The sealant will then be applied directly on the teeth; due to its liquidity, it would flow freely on the surface down to the pits and fissures.
Step 5: Curing
Once the material is in position, a special curing light will be used to hasten the hardening process. Lastly, the dentist would check if it causes any problem with the patient’s bite. Necessary adjustments will be performed.
Proper dental hygiene partnered with sealants from Langston Amador Dental Group can guarantee the overall wellness and longevity of your oral health condition.
Get added protection to your teeth with Sealants in Pompano Beach, FL. Book your appointment with Langston Amador Dental Group! Our dental office is located at 2000 North Federal Highway #300, Pompano Beach, FL 33062.