Edmond Dentist Shares Information About Dental Sealants
As soon as the first set of teeth begin growing in many damaging elements come into contact with them and the small fissures are susceptible to decay. Fissures are simply the grooves in the chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth. The small spaces can gather plaque which accumulates in these areas quite easily. This is a very good reason why fluoride toothpaste is recommended to help prevent the decay, but did you know that dental sealants actually provide a new level of protection? It’s true! In fact, our Edmond dentist makes use of these dental sealants to provide a smooth covering over the fissures.
One may not even notice the sealant is on the tooth, but it makes the surface smooth and clean. Dental sealants applied by our Edmond dentist are formed from a thin plastic coating which mold perfectly to the teeth. The wonderful part about the dental sealants is that they can last for many years. Of course, there is always the possibility for wear and chipping so with regular dental visits our Edmond dentist can make certain they’re still intact.
You may be thinking that dental sealants are only necessary as an adult, as it ultimately saves them money by not having to pay for root canals or crowns, but the truth is that all ages groups can benefit from having this extra barrier applied to their teeth. For example:
- In some cases sealants may need to be applied to baby teeth if there are deep grooves or depressions and a child is prone to getting cavities.
- As soon as the first permanent back teeth appear (six-year molars), sealants can help protect teeth any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16 years of age.
- Adults without decay that have deep grooves or depressions can prevent damage with sealants.
The good news is that applying the protective sealant only take a few minutes per tooth. It is painted on in a thin layer and then hardens automatically or with a special curing light.
If you'd like to know more about this procedure during your next visit to see our Edmond dentist, don't hesitate to let us know! You can give Wallace Family Dentistry a call at 405-340-0411 contact us online by clicking here.