The biting surface of your molars is full of little nooks and crannies housing harmful bacteria and plaque. At Santa Rosa Smiles in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, dental sealants are used to prevent cavities from forming on the biting surface, saving you from costly procedures used to alleviate the effects of tooth decay.
A dental sealant is a layer of resin or other dental material that is bonded to the biting surface of your molar. Because molars are used for grinding, there is no loss of mastication function when the surface of the molar is smoothed out with a sealant. Instead of a craggily biting surface, a dental sealant creates a smooth, easy to clean surface on your molars.
Dental sealants are only used for the back teeth. Your incisors and pre-molars have more of a ripping function as opposed to a grinding function. This is why they can’t be sealed. Dental sealants are very successful, and the American Dental Association notes that sealants reduce the rate of molar cavities by up to 80 percent.
It is easy to get dental sealants at Santa Rosa Smiles. Our dentists are well-versed in providing dental sealant treatment. Dental sealants are an important part of preventative dentistry.
Dental sealants are applied by your dentist after cleaning and drying your tooth. The first step is to put an acidic gel on the tooth. This will make the tooth rough, so the sealant will adhere to the surface. After the gel is removed from the tooth, the next step is to apply the sealant. The strong bond will form, and the sealant will become part of the tooth’s structure.
Sealants can last for many years, and it is easy to get them reapplied as needed.
The best time to get dental sealants is before you have any issues with your molars. Your dentist will help you decide if sealants are the right course of treatment for you, and they are a great tool for preventive dentistry.
Reduce your cavity risk today by contacting Santa Rosa Smiles in Santa Rosa Beach, FL to learn more about dental sealants.
People living in the surrounding areas Santa Rosa, Destin, Miramar Beach, Sandestin, and Grayton Beach State Park including Sea side, Choctaw Beach, Freeport, Pensacola Beach and Navarre can easily access our dentist office at their convenience. Book an appointment with us today.