Dental sealants are a dental treatment that is specifically used for prevention measures in order to protect the teeth from cavities and decay. Dental sealants “seal out” tooth decay from damaging the premolars and molars. A plastic material is painted on the back teeth to prevent plaque and bacteria from growing in the deep pits and fissures of the molars. Dental sealants can help to protect the teeth from decay for up to four years. Crabapple Dental in Alpharetta, GA, is proud to offer dental sealants to patients of all ages as a preventive measure. Flossing and brushing the teeth every day are essential elements of maintaining strong oral health, but they often do not do enough. Flossing and brushing only help to remove food particles and bacteria from the surfaces of the teeth. Neither are designed to reach deep into the pits and depressions of the molars in order to remove food and plaque. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas in the premolars and molars by sealing out damaging substances.
Dental sealants are one of the easiest, yet most beneficial, dental procedures available to patients of all ages. After a thorough dental cleaning, the back teeth are prepared for sealants. This involves drying the teeth thoroughly, applying a substance that roughens up the surfaces to allow for precise bonding, the dental sealant material being painted on the teeth, and then the material being hardened by a curing light. The process takes approximately two minutes (or less) per tooth, and it is entirely painless. The dental sealant material seeps into the grooves of the premolars and molars in order to form a barrier against harmful plaque that develops after eating and drinking. As long as dental sealants remain in place, the back teeth are protected from damage and decay. Because dental sealants last for two to four years, they are well worth any out of pocket expense.
If you are interested in having dental sealants applied to your teeth or to a family member’s teeth, please contact Crabapple Dental today. We are always looking for ways to partner with you in order to develop the most beneficial oral health care. Being proactive in preventing cavities and tooth decay is the best method for promoting a healthy and beautiful smile for life