Lifetime Dental Specializes in Dental Sealants in Lake Forest
Even with the best oral hygiene, cavities still tend to make their appearance and cause tooth decay. Dental Sealants are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed. They are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of the molars.
What are the Dental Sealants Pros and Cons?
The treatments have several advantages and very few disadvantages. The fissures, grooves on the surfaces of the molar teeth, can be deep and difficult to clean, making them vulnerable to decay. Plaque can build up in these fissures and the acid from the bacteria in the plaque can attack the enamel, causing cavities. The treatment is effective in reducing cavities by filling in the fissures. Additionally, it is an easy and painless procedure that usually takes only a few minutes per tooth. On the other hand, dental sealants can’t be used in certain situations, such as teeth that are already showing signs of decay.
The procedure is a simple option to help prevent tooth decay. The surface of the tooth is first cleaned, washed with water and dried. A solution is then placed on the fissure of the tooth in order to help the sealant attach to the tooth. Once this has been done, the sealant material is placed on the tooth and hardened with a light, which creates a hard plastic coating. When the procedure is complete, you can chew on the tooth again.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Normally, kids are most often the patients who receive this treatment. Kids tend to ignore problems that can lead to cavities or decay, making dental sealants ideal. It is recommended by the American Dental Association that kids get this treatment as soon as their permanent teeth come in.
Dental Sealants Frequently Asked Questions
Although the treatment is a simple procedure, we understand that you may have specific questions regarding the treatment. We want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible at the time of your procedure, which is why we have put together some of the questions we get asked the most about dental sealants.
Can dental sealants be placed on teeth other than the molars?
Usually, dental sealants are placed on the surfaces of the molars because these are the areas that have deep fissures and are more likely to decay. Dental sealants can also be used on other permanent teeth with grooves to help protect them. However, dental sealants aren’t placed on teeth without deep fissures.
Can adults benefit from dental sealants?
Although it is more common for kids to receive dental sealants, adults can definitely benefit from dental sealants to help prevent cavities and tooth decay, especially if there are specific teeth with deep grooves they would like to be treated in order to prevent decay in that area.
What do dental sealants look like?
Dental sealants can have different colors depending on the type of sealant used. The colors of dental sealants include clear, white or they can have a slight tint. No matter what color your dental sealants are, they are designed to look natural and appear similar to your natural teeth.
How long will the dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last several years and have been proven to prevent decay on chewing surfaces. Patients can choose to have new dental sealants on their teeth if necessary.
Getting Started with your Dental Sealants Treatment
We are dedicated to providing our patients with personalized care and the best service possible at Lifetime Dental in Lake Forest, CA. We have a friendly and experienced staff who have the purpose to help our patients choose the best option for their needs and goals. We are respected for our multi-specialty dental practice. We offer a full range of dental services, including dental sealants, cosmetic, general and preventive dentistry.
Please contact us today if you would like to prevent cavities and tooth decay with dental sealants. Our skilled dentists can discuss your goals and concerns with you in order to create a customized treatment plan for you. Call us today at 949-581-8109 to schedule an appointment.