Dental sealants are protective coverings that prevent bacterial accumulation on chewing surfaces of the teeth. They offer additional cavity protection when combined with good oral hygiene. At De Lucs Dental, LLC, we offer sealants as a preventive measure to keep your teeth in a healthy and cavity-free state.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coverings composed of resin material and are placed on the molars and premolars surfaces. Harmful bacteria and food debris can easily collect in these areas as they are more challenging to reach with a toothbrush. Sealants can minimize the risk of tooth decay to a great extent as they coat the grooves and hollows of the tooth surface, which keeps cavity-causing bacteria from building up and damaging the tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants offer several benefits for patients and are a straightforward way to protect your teeth from cavities and tooth decay.
- Quick and pain-free process
- Shield hard to reach areas on the teeth
- Very affordable
- No anesthesia required
- Save time and money on restorative treatments
Process of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are placed in a quick, painless process, and it takes only a couple of minutes to apply the coatings on the selected tooth. It can be performed during a regular check-up.
First, the teeth receiving the sealants are meticulously cleaned, and all plaque and debris are removed and dried. An acid solution is applied to each tooth to roughen the surface so the sealant will adhere to the tooth. After some time, the solution is washed off, and the tooth is dried again.
The dental sealant is painted onto the tooth’s chewing surface with a brush, and it settles into the hollows and grooves. A curing blue light will be used to help the sealant bond to the tooth surface. The hardening process then takes about thirty seconds.
Finally, we will check the contact between teeth of each sealant to ensure that they are bonded to the teeth properly.
How to Care for Sealants?
The sealant will be sufficiently dried and will function once you leave the office, but it usually takes one to two days to ultimately settle. You do not need to change your diet after the sealant is applied. However, hard, sticky, or chewy foods can wear down the sealant.
If you want to learn more about sealants, visit our office, De Lucs Dental, LLC, at 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 204, Silver Spring, MD 20910. You can also reach us at 301-587-8081 | 301-587-8082.