Prevention is always regarded as a better approach than treating a problem. This is especially true in the field of oral health. Hence, there are a variety of dental procedures and treatments that focus on preventing dental decay before it becomes problematic. One such treatment is a dental sealant.
Are you seeking a proven way to protect your children’s teeth or your own with dental sealants? Then visit our dental office in Chino, CA.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are tooth-colored acrylics that cover or “seal” an area on a tooth. Typically, dental sealants are applied to the deep pits of molars. Why? Molars have deep ridges that tend to collect food and drink particles—perfect conditions for dental decay. This is why many children and adults experience cavities on their molars and require amalgam or composite fillings.
How Are Sealants Applied?
If you have any misgivings about getting sealants, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you come into our office. Dental sealants are painless to apply, and the entire procedure only takes a few minutes. In fact, your initial examination will make up the majority of your visit. After determining which teeth and areas would benefit most from sealants, our dentists will begin the following sealant process:
- Cleaning: A deep and comprehensive cleaning of your teeth occurs to prepare your mouth for the procedure.
- Site Preparation: A mild acidic solution is applied to the site chosen for the sealant. This step causes the small surface area to roughen up so that the sealant can adhere to the site better.
- Sealant Application: The sealant is gently painted to the surface of the tooth in layers. Sealants are shaped then hardened with the aid of a curing light.
- Check & Polish: Afterwards we verify that your bite feels natural and unimpeded. If any adjustments are required, they are addressed. Lastly, the surface of the sealant is polished, and the procedure is complete.
Child & Adult Sealants
Although children are usually recommended for sealants, adults can get them as well. Since sealants are very effective in reducing cavities, anyone who is at risk of developing cavities is suitable for dental sealants. Simply check with one of our dentists about acquiring sealants and they will verify if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Would you like to speak with Dr. Silverina about sealants? Call us at (909) 393-1600 to schedule an appointment or fill out our contact form online.