Preventing cavities is a large part of the dentistry world, and flossing and brushing your teeth every day is a large factor in prevention. However, it can be difficult to reach every small part of those teeth, especially molars. Here at Dakota Ridge Dental, we strive to provide the best service to protect your teeth from plaque and deterioration.
Dental sealants are coatings of plastic placed on the surface of your permanent back molars and premolars. These protect the teeth from decay since they are typically known as the “chewing” teeth where more food particles tend to get lodged in deep fissures.
Sealants can only be placed after they’ve erupted from the gum. Sometimes sealants can be placed on other permanent teeth if there are grooves and pits. You may ask, how does this process work?
First, the tooth is cleaned with a rotating brush covered in paste, then is rinsed and dried. An acidic solution is placed on the tooth’s fissured area for a time before it’s washed off. This creates a more microscopic, rough surface enabling the sealant to be attached. After the tooth dries, liquid sealant is placed and hardened by a special light or two-component dental sealant (this is without a light). After hardening, the varnish coating is sealed and ready to be used.
Sealants typically last several years before being reapplied. Your dentist will annually check the condition of the sealant to determine whether a new one is needed. Give us a call at 303.933.2420 here in Littleton, Colorado to schedule an appointment to determine whether you qualify for dental sealants. Dakota Ridge Dental will be happy to serve you!