Dental sealants are special materials that are used to cover the grooves of the teeth. These deep grooves are the most commonly decayed parts of the tooth because food and bacteria can get trapped in these tight spaces, causing infection and cavity formation.
Sealants may be made of resin, glass ionomer, and thermoplastic materials, and they are usually white in color. They come in a liquid form which can easily be applied and spread in the tight spaces in and around the tooth.
Sealants are for everyone, but they are most commonly given to those who have a high chance of getting tooth decay. Children are the primary recipients of sealants because they fall under this category. Adults who have a family history or genetic predisposition to tooth decay are also advised to get sealants.
Dentists recommend young kids to get sealants because:
Before sealants can be applied, the tooth must first be cleaned and disinfected. If decay is already present in the tooth, the decayed parts will be trimmed off to ensure that no infection is left. Afterwards, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, disinfected, rinsed, and dried using a cotton ball.
Once the tooth is dry, an acid gel will be spread on the surface where the sealant will be applied. This gel roughens the tooth surface and allows better adhesion of the sealant material. The sealant, which is in liquid form, will be slowly painted onto the tooth surface to cover up all of the grooves.
Using a special curing light, the sealant will be hardened until it has completely adhered to the tooth. The dentist will check for any remaining gaps and fill them as well. If gaps are left open, these can still accumulate bacteria and become infected.
The biocompatible materials used for the sealant allow it to stick directly to the natural tooth material, a process known as bonding. This ensures that the sealant will not fall out of the tooth once it is cured. Sealants are also very strong and can withstand the pressure of chewing, biting, and everyday oral activities.
When your kids have sealants, you are confident that:
Apart from teaching your children the importance of good oral hygiene, applying preventive measures, such as sealants will ensure that their teeth remain healthy and cavity-free. However, it is important to choose only the best and most qualified pediatric dentistry professional in Roseville to apply dental sealants to your children’s teeth.
At Ace Dental in Roseville, Dr. Karanvir Sibia have a lot of experience in handling young patients. He is a parent of two young kids, and understands how children feel about dental treatments. Dr. Sibia will make sure that your children will be comfortable during their treatment.
If you would like to get dental sealants for your children’s teeth, please come and visit us at 1070 Pleasant Grove Suite 110 Roseville, CA 95678. You may also call us at (916) 772-0111 or book an appointment with us through this web form. Our friendly staff will assist you with any questions you may have.