The majority of tooth decay occurs in the back of the mouth. The reason for this is that the back teeth feature deep grooves and fissures that provide an ideal environment for bacteria and plaque. When bacteria and plaque are allowed to manifest inside the mouth for extended periods of time, it is likely that tooth decay will occur. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent this issue. The most obvious is to practice good oral hygiene. And a great way to supplemental proper oral care is with the extra protection and security provided by dental sealants.
Dental sealants consist of a thin layer of acrylic that is painted on the chewing surface of an individual’s back teeth. This coating makes it difficult for bacteria and plaque to access the teeth and cause damage. Sealants also provide the benefit of smoothing out these rough surfaces and making the teeth easier to clean. This can be very beneficial for children and teens who haven’t quite mastered the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. Many adults also elect to receive dental sealants as an extra measure towards protecting their teeth.
The process for applying dental sealants is simple, and it can be completed during a routine visit. We start by thoroughly cleaning the molars so that they are free of any unwanted materials. We then dry the teeth and use a specialized acidic solution to roughen their outer surfaces. This is done so that the sealants will have an easier time bonding with the teeth. The teeth are then re-dried, and the sealant coating is carefully painted on by our experts. The coating will be allowed to dry, and we will assess both the sealants and the patient’s overall bite.
Anyone who receives sealants should continue to brush twice per day, floss once per day and receive complete dental checkups twice per year. Dental sealants can be a great way to protect your teeth from damage. Our experts can assess your teeth and determine if sealants are appropriate for you. Please call us at (214) 960-2291 to schedule an appointment.