Many children and adults alike face problems cleaning teeth that are further back in the mouth (premolars and molars specifically). However, it’s not necessarily because they are hard to reach. These back teeth play an important role in chewing and breaking down food. Their chewing surfaces are rough, with many ridges and peaks that aid with grinding food into digestible pieces. Although this makes it easier for us to eat, the uneven surface makes it more difficult to clean when brushing. Food particles are more likely to become trapped in lower fissures and crevices, attracting plaque and increasing the risk of decay.
Dental sealants are a special dental material designed to seal off the fissures and crevices on the chewing surfaces of teeth. They are like plastic coatings that protect your teeth from plaque.
Dental sealants are easy to apply in our Richmond, VT office. Before the sealing process, Dr. Novak will first perform a dental cleaning in which food particles, plaque, and tartar will be removed.
Next, Dr. Novak will perform a careful examination of your tooth to make sure that it does not have decay already present. If you do show signs of decay, the tooth will need to be treated with a filling rather than a sealant.
If you are eligible for dental sealants, Dr. Novak will prepare your tooth for the sealant by applying a mild solution to its surface. This solution will make the surface of your tooth slightly rougher so that the coating can bond to it successfully. Then, Dr. Novak will apply the plastic coating to the enamel and use a special light to harden it in place.
Dental sealants are often recommended for children with a healthy dental history because the treatment can prevent early decay. However, many adults with healthy teeth can also reap the benefits that come from dental sealants. To see if you’re eligible for dental sealants, book an appointment with our Richmond, VT office today!