Taking good care of your teeth and protecting them from decay and further damage should no longer be difficult because here at Blue Ridge Family Dental, we make all things possible for our patients when it comes to the health and appearance of their teeth and smiles. Our patients’ oral health are our priority which is why we make sure we make all options and procedures available for you to address all of your oral health needs.
There are a variety of techniques that is being used to increase your teeth’s protection from cavities. One of these is dental sealants. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing (occlusal) surface of the permanent back teethto help protect them from decay. They are made of plastic material that is placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth to help protect them from bacteria.
Why dental sealants?
Proper brushing and flossing helps get rid of food particles and plaque from the smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrushes cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove all food and plaque. Plaqueaccumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks the enamel and cavities can develop.While fluoride helps prevent decay and helps protect all the surfaces of the teeth, dental sealants add extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas.
What are the steps involved in applying dental sealants?
- Tooth cleaning – The dentist first cleans the surface of the tooth, otherwise the sealant will not bond to it properly.The dentist will place a small brush in their dental drill. As the drill spins the brush, they will use it to scrub the tooth’s surface and clean out its grooves.
- Conditioning the tooth’s surface – in this step, the dentist will spread etching gel over the area where the sealant will be placed after he is done teeth cleaning. Once they get it positioned properly, they will allow the gel to sit for somewhere between 20 and 60 seconds and then wash it off. This also prepares the tooth’s surface so the sealant will be able to bond to it
- Evaluation of the etching step – The dentist will be evaluating his work after washing the etching gel off, and using their air gun to blow the tooth dry. The tooth that has been treated should look white, frosty and dull. However, you must keep the treated tooth dry because if it gets contaminated by saliva, you have to undergo another re-etching. This is important because this is what is going to allow the dental sealant to stay in place because it can grasp into roughened surface.
- Applying the sealant – the dentist will apply the sealant (a liquid plastic) into the grooves of the tooth while the tooth is dry. This is normally done using a small brush or squirt it out of a mini syringe. The sealant is not used to fill in the tooth’s entire chewing surface but instead just those areas (chewing surface and sides) that involve pits and fissures that have the potential to trap and retain debris.
- Curing the sealant – the dentist will set the liquid sealant properly using a curing light. This is a kind of dental flashlight that outputs blue light. The color of the light matters because sealing products are formulated with a catalyst that’s activated by light having this specific hue. Once the sealant is positioned properly, it can be easily set into fixed place using the curing light.
- Evaluating the sealant – the sealant is fully hardened and ready to be used once the dentist has finished curing the sealant. The dentist will also be checking to see if all the grooves have been filled in successfully. He will also check how the other teeth bite against the tooth.
- The sealing process is finished – The sealant is ready to be used as soon as it passes the evaluation. Eating, drinking, chewing and other normal teeth functions should be back to normal and should not have any problem.
Do not forget that proper oral hygiene are still important despite the availability of dental procedures such as dental sealants to protect your teeth. Your overall oral health still relies on you.
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