Although brushing and flossing are the best ways to protect your teeth from tooth decay and cavities, they are not fail-proof. Thankfully, there are additional steps you can take to protect your teeth from tooth decay.
At ONE Dental, we’re pleased to offer our patients the teeth-protecting power of dental sealants.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are made from a thin layer of composite resin that, applied to the chewing surface of your molars, seals and protects them. Sealants are one of the simplest ways to protect your teeth from the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay.
How Do Dental Sealants Work?
The chewing surfaces of our molars are covered with grooves and crevices where food, plaque, and other debris can easily get stuck. These uneven surfaces are also difficult to keep thoroughly clean.
Dental sealants work in two ways: by shielding the teeth from bacteria and acid and smoothing out the molars’ chewing surfaces, making them much easier to keep clean.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Sealants?
While many people associate dental sealants with pediatric dentistry, everyone with natural molars can benefit from the protection that dental sealants offer.
What To Expect When Getting Dental Sealants
Getting dental sealants is a quick and painless procedure. After a routine dental cleaning, we dry your molars and use a small brush to apply the composite resin, kind of like painting the surface of your tooth. We then use a special light to cure the resin and ask you to bite down. We can then polish the sealants until your bite feels natural.
With proper care (avoiding chewing on hard objects or foods like ice), dental sealants typically last about ten years. Our dentists check them at each of your appointments to make sure they are still intact. When needed, we can easily touch them up.
Protect Your Oral Health With Preventive Dentistry at ONE Dental
At ONE Dental, we offer our patients a comprehensive list of preventive dentistry treatments and services designed to bolster their oral health while helping prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems.
If you’d like to learn more about getting dental sealants or schedule an appointment with one of our Miami dentists, we welcome you to contact ONE Dental today.