It is well known that brushing and flossing daily are the best ways of preventing cavities, but it’s not always perfect. Many people have difficulty cleaning every cranny and nook of your teeth, especially your molars and premolars (back teeth).
Molars are uneven, rough, and are an excellent hiding spot for food particles and bacteria which cause cavities.
Thanks to modern dentistry, other than professional cleaning, there is another safety net – dental sealants in Sparks, NV. A dental sealant will help cover and protect the teeth from cavities. They are no substitutes for flossing and brushing, but they add an additional layer to your teeth.
Sealants are known to decrease the risk of cavities by approximately 80%. Naturally, you might have more questions concerning sealants, so let’s see what they are.
Dental Sealants: What Are They?
Dental sealants in Sparks, NV, are clear coatings made from plastic that are applied on the chewing surface of your premolars and molars (back teeth) with the sole aim of protecting them from decay.
How Do They Work?
The cavities process is multifactorial, which happens over time and can cause the destruction of the teeth by weak acids. The fissures and grooves make the premolars and molars vulnerable to decay. When you eat food, the leftover particles get stuck in the grooves and fissures and then become the source of food for the bacteria that is typically present in the mouth.
The bacteria then release the weak acids, which over time, create holes in the teeth. These holes are what are known as cavities.
When these holes, pits, and fissures are adequately sealed, they can prevent caries or cavities from developing.
Picture sealants as raincoats placed over your teeth on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of your teeth, then the sealants penetrate the fissures and pits and then forms a physical barrier on the tooth’s surface.
Who Can Get Sealants?
Because of the higher chance of developing cavities in the grooves and fissures of the premolars and molars, teenagers and children are the best candidates for dental sealants. But, this does not mean that adults cannot reap the benefits of using sealants.
If your premolars and molars do not have decay or fillings, you are also eligible for getting sealants.
With children, it is best if they get sealants immediately after their permanent teeth show up. The sealant will aid in protecting their teeth from decay, usually between the ages of 6-14, which are the cavity-prone years. This can save you money in years to come.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
Applying sealants is a fast and pain-free process. It will take our dental sealants doctors of Sparks a few minutes to apply the sealant on a tooth. Below are the application steps involved:
- First, your teeth will have to be thoroughly cleaned by our dentist using a paste and a rotating brush.
- Then your teeth will be washed and dried with an absorbent material like cotton.
- After the teeth are dry, our dentist will pour a solution on the grooves of your teeth for a couple of seconds before rinsing it off. This is done to roughen the surface of the teeth to aid in adherence of the sealants.
- After the tooth has been dried again, the liquid sealant will be applied on the tooth surface and hardened under a light.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants can last for many years before you get them reapplied. They have been an effective way of managing cavities since the 1970s. You will have to see our dentist regularly for check-ups to keep tabs on the sealant and reapply if there is a need.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Dental sealants are safe and are known to have no side effects. There are some exceptions where an allergy may exist, other than that it is very safe for you and your children.
Sealants are an excellent option in preventing cavities from developing on your back teeth. If you need dental sealants or if you have any questions, contact our dentists at Embrace Dental, and our well-trained team will cater to you.