Brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits are important to keep tooth decay at bay. Aside from those steps, however, the Napa Valley Dental Group in Napa, CA. also highly recommends the use of sealants to further protect your teeth from damage.
These protective materials are placed on the surface of your back teeth. They are made of thin, non-toxic plastic material. The plastic originally comes in liquid form. Placed on the tooth surface, the plastic hardens and covers or seals the ridges of molars and pre-molars.
The back teeth are the ones that require sealants because even with dedicated brushing, it is not easy to access teeth that are located at the back portion of the mouth. Some people also gag when they do prolonged brushing, just to get little bits of leftover food that may have become stuck in the creases of the back teeth.
It is easy to avoid a situation like that by having your back teeth sealed with a protective covering.
Getting Your Teeth Sealed
Getting a dental sealant is a routine procedure. It is painless and does not greatly convenience the patient because it can be quickly done.
The first part involves having your teeth professionally cleaned. Your dentist will see to it that any surface grime or dental debris is removed from your tooth to avoid getting any dirt trapped.
Next, your tooth will be dried with cotton. A solution is placed on your enamel to make the surface a bit rougher. This is done to ensure that the sealing material will hold better on the surface of your teeth.
When the enamel is sufficiently gritty, your dentist will ask you to rinse your mouth. Then, your teeth will be dried again using a cotton swab.
Once fully dry, your dentist positions the applicator and releases the sealing liquid, which hardens into a protective film in just a few seconds. The liquid may also be painted on your teeth’s surface. It also hardens fast when painted.
Patients who have their molars and pre-molars sealed tend to experience lesser occurrences of cavities, helping them to avoid related dental injuries or damage to their mouth, soft tissues, and even the jawbone.
Your dentist can provide you with comprehensive information regarding sealants during your appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 257-2400. We are located at 2119 Jefferson St. Napa, CA 94559.