Dental sealants are a preventative dentistry measure that can protect your teeth from cavities and decay. They not only maintain the health of your mouth and lower the risk of dental cavities but may also save you from expensive future treatments. At Ryan Rush DDS PLLC in Fort Collins, CO 80526, we work towards safeguarding our patients' teeth by providing the right preventative care solution to patients of all age groups.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings applied on the surface of your molars and premolars, particularly on the grooves and edges. Once they are placed, sealants block bacteria, tartar, and other food particles, effectively preventing the development of cavities. Dental sealants could stay on for a long time if an excellent oral hygiene routine is observed at home.
What Are the Uses Of Dental Sealants?
There are several uses of dental sealants, including:
- They are used to cover the teeth and shield against tooth decay.
- They fill up tiny grooves and pits of the teeth that are hard to clean.
- They smooth the teeth's surfaces, making them easy to clean.
- They help prevent food from getting stuck in between the teeth.
- They reduce the formation of plaque to a great extent.
- They help to cut costs and prevent you from expensive future treatments
What to Expect During the Procedure?
The following steps are done to apply the dental sealants:
- First, the nooks and crannies of the teeth to be sealed are cleaned thoroughly.
- The teeth are dried and wrapped with an absorbent material to keep them free of saliva.
- The chewing surfaces of the teeth are smeared with an acid solution, which roughens the teeth’s surface to help the sealant bond easier.
- The acid solution is rinsed off and the teeth to be treated are dried.
- The sealants are applied directly to the tooth enamel, allowing it to bond to the tooth and harden.
- A unique dental tool is used to help the hardening process of the dental sealant on the tooth.
What Is the Follow-Up?
After your application, you will be free to resume your regular daily routine. You need to develop a good oral care regime. Avoid putting heavy pressure or chewing on sticky food using your sealant-treated back teeth. Dental sealants can ensure the protection of the teeth from decay and cavities for a long time. For the sealants to last long, they need to be constantly examined for chipping, wearing, and tearing when you go for dental checkups. They can be replaced over time.
If you want to have sealants applied, call us at Ryan Rush, DDS PLLC, Dentist Fort Collins CO 80526, at (970) 223-5393, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Rush.