Dental sealants are a simple procedure to guard against the development of tooth decay (cavities). Sealants are thin, pliable plastic materials that can be applied to the tops of the back teeth (premolars and molars). After they are placed, dental sealants work to block out food particles, bacteria, plaque, and tartar to further prevent the development of tooth decay on the chewing surfaces. Sealants can last a long time if properly cared for with good home oral hygiene habits and routine preventive dental visits. Sealants not only improve your oral hygiene and help to prevent cavities, but they can also reduce the need for future dental care and help to minimize future dental costs. Orlando Advanced Dentists is pleased to offer dental sealants to help keep your family's smiles healthy, happy, and free from tooth decay. Talk to cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Patricia Roach during your dental examination in our Lake Mary, FL office to decide if sealants are needed for you or your child.
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Best Candidates for Dental Sealants
The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are a common location for cavity development. While sealants are often recommended for children and some teens who may have a more difficult time maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, the best candidates for dental sealants would be anyone who is prone to getting cavities. Dental sealant application is a fast, simple treatment that usually requires no anesthesia or sedation, which makes it an easy procedure for all patients. Sealants are only placed on healthy teeth that are free from tooth decay and any dental restorations.
What to Expect
Dental sealants fill the pits and fissures (grooves) that are naturally present in the chewing surfaces of back teeth. During your consultation, Dr. Roach will first need to assess your teeth to determine if sealants are a good treatment for you. Prior to the actual application, your teeth will be cleaned and polished to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Then, our experienced team will use a brush to apply the sealant material to the chewing surfaces of teeth and set it with a special light. After the application, Dr. Roach will ensure that the sealant has settled into the correct position and make any necessary adjustments to your bite to ensure comfort.
Following the appointment, you should be able to return to your normal activities. It is important that you follow a regular oral care routine, including brushing twice each day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. For the first few days following sealant placement, you should avoid eating hard or sticky foods. With ideal care, dental sealants can last for several years. During your annual dental exam at Orlando Advanced Dentists, Dr. Roach will evaluate the condition of your sealants and determine if they need to be reapplied.
You or your child may benefit from dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth against tooth decay. Sealants are a great treatment to prevent future dental procedures, such as fillings and crowns. A quick and easy procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved general health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact Orlando Advanced Dentists in Lake Mary, FL today to book a treatment consultation with Dr. Roach.