Keeping teeth clean is a necessity for proper oral hygiene, but reaching every nook and cranny can be difficult, even after proper brushing and flossing. Molars are notoriously hard to clean as they are located far back in the mouth and have plenty of grooves and uneven surfaces where leftover food can get stuck. With dental sealants, or teeth sealants, from Thornton Park Dental Arts, our dentists in Orlando, FL can help patients protect their molars and ensure their chomp stays strong.
Working as covers for the teeth, dental sealants are small, protective coatings that are attached to the chewing surface of the molars and premolars. These sealants are mainly applied to children’s teeth, as the sooner the application process occurs, the sooner protection from bacteria and decay can begin. That being said, adults are still able to have sealants applied, if deemed necessary. The sealant itself varies in color and texture depending on the type of material used but is typically hard to notice and adds very little cosmetic difference to the surface of the tooth.
The teeth found in the back of the mouth are highly susceptible to bacteria and decay. The grooves or “fissures” found in molars and premolars are notoriously difficult to clean, and daily brushing and flossing doesn’t always remove all the plaque-causing material that attacks the enamel and leads to cavities. By applying dental sealants to the surface of the tooth, it effectively limits the amount of food that is able to find its way into those grooves — limiting the amount of bacteria and acids that can grow and rot the surface of the tooth.
To start the application process, a patient will have the surface of their teeth thoroughly cleaned, washed, and dried by one of our Orlando dentists. Next, a layer of acidic solution is added to the grooves of the tooth, allowing for the surface to roughen and form a bond with the sealant. After thoroughly drying the surface of the tooth and removing excess acid, the dental sealant is applied and hardened with a special blue light, bonding the sealant to the tooth. Taking just a few minutes to harden, the dental sealant is now secured, and patients are free to eat, drink, and chew with their teeth just as they did before the procedure. A simple and pain-free experience, a tooth sealant can be completed in just one visit to our office.
Maintaining and caring for a tooth with a dental sealant doesn’t require adding any extra steps to a daily routine. With regular visits to our Orlando dentist office and healthy habits regarding brushing and flossing, patients can enjoy the benefits of dental sealants for many years after they are applied.
Cavities are a painful nuisance, and for every one that needs to be filled, that’s more time and money wasted. With teeth sealants, it’s never been easier to keep a strong and healthy bite, all while protecting your teeth from bacteria and decay. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our dentist office in Orlando, contact us today.