Dental sealant is a protective layer on the tooth’s grooves, which prevents germs and food from getting trapped inside these grooves.
The prevention of tooth decay follows this.
If you are looking for a way to protect your teeth from cavities, you may want to consider dental sealants.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that cover the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars and premolars).
These teeth have deep grooves and pits that can trap food and bacteria, making them more prone to decay.
Dental sealants fill in these gaps and create a smooth surface that is easier to clean and resistant to plaque.
The masticatory surface of a child’s posterior teeth usually has minor grooves. Because they are so thin, even if the teeth are well brushed, they are not easily cleaned, and bacteria and food get stuck in them.
The groove or fissure sealant is applied without anesthesia and cut in approximately 10 minutes. And it can provide perfect protection against subsequent caries. And prevent the pain, cost and complications of future tooth decay.
Dental sealants are usually colourless or the same colour as the teeth. But there are also types of grooves in blue, pink or other colours that can be identified for later follow-up.
It should be noted that the teeth that have been fissured with sealant should be examined every six months to correct part of the groove in case of fracture or paleness.
Dental sealants on deciduous and permanent teeth act as a physical barrier between the pits and fissures and the oral environment.
Thus, the pit and fissure sealants can effectively prevent caries and reduce the need for further restorations by inhibiting microorganisms and plaque accumulation.
Our dentists offer dental sealants to reduce tooth decay.
Usually, the best time to do dental sealant is after the tooth is fully grown and before it decays.
Because the first permanent Asian tooth grows at the age of 6, it is necessary to have a fissure sealant around 6-7.
At this age, the child still lacks enough cooperation to complete proper oral hygiene.
In addition, because the loss of baby teeth does not accompany the eruption of tooth six, many parents do not even notice the discharge.
The second permanent Asian tooth grows at the age of 11, and this is a good age to make grooves on the 7th tooth.
Fissure sealants and fluoride therapy, especially fluoride varnishes, are two crucial caries prevention treatments.
Sealants are used in cases where caries has not yet occurred in the tooth, or a very initial view of the onset of caries is seen. In these cases, with preventive treatment, we prevent the development of caries. However, if there is caries or the tooth is empty, caries and damaged tooth tissue must be removed first and then filled with restorative metal or tooth colour.
At Copperhills Family Dentistry in Newmarket, we offer dental sealants as part of our preventive dental care services.
Our team of experienced dentists and hygienists can apply dental sealants in a simple and painless procedure.
Here is what you can expect when you get dental sealants at our clinic:
The whole process usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many teeth need to be sealed. Dental sealants are very durable and can last for several years with proper care. However, they are not a substitute for brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. You should still visit us at least twice a year for professional cleaning and examination.
Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent cavities and protect your oral health.
We are especially beneficial for children and teenagers who have newly erupted permanent teeth that are more vulnerable to decay.
However, adults can also benefit from dental sealants if they have healthy teeth without fillings or decay.
At Copperhills Family Dentistry in Newmarket, we are committed to providing you with the best dental care possible.
We use high-quality materials and advanced technology to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.
We also offer flexible payment options and accept most insurance plans.