Dental sealants are a very basic preventative dentistry procedure performed by Dr. Rykiss to “seal” the teeth from food particles and plaque deposits. Applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), dental sealants form a bond on the teeth that prevents food debris and other bacteria-causing plaque from seeping into hard-to-clean areas.
By preventing bacteria from getting lodged in these areas we are effectively helping prevent the onset of cavities and decay.
Are Sealants Just for Kids?
The majority of patients who receive dental sealants are children and teenagers but adults can also receive them. Young children tend to be more susceptible to cavities which is why it is not uncommon for children to receive sealants as soon as their permanent molars and premolars come in. These teeth generally erupt during ages 6 to 14 and these ages are a good time for parents to ask their dentist about dental sealants if they have not been placed already.
Adults who are at risk for cavities or have deep grooves or fissures within their teeth are often candidates for dental sealants. If previous fillings or sealants don’t already exist an adult can often benefit from this procedure the same way that a child would.
The Dental Sealants Procedure
One of the most simple of all dental procedures, dental sealants can be placed in one quick visit. A receiving tooth is prepared by first cleaning it and drying it off. An etching solution is used on the tooth to create a rougher surface that will allow the sealant to achieve a good bond. The tooth is dried again and the liquid sealant is painted onto the tooth and hardened. Once hardened, the sealant is checked for comfort, form and function and the patient can chew on the tooth again.
Contact Linden Market Dental Centre today to schedule an appointment.