Dental sealant is an early cavity prevention technique mostly adopted by holistic dentists. Usually, you can avoid cavities by maintaining good oral hygiene through brushing and flossing regularly. But in case the dentist thinks your teeth need extra protection to diminish the future need for treatments like- crowns or implants, sealants on teeth are applied.
Most of the foods are chewed by using molars and toothbrushes cannot always reach to them to clean your mouth properly. This leads to bacteria build up, then tartar and causes tooth decay in future. For this reason, pit and fissure sealants are used as a preventive measure.
Are Sealant for Teeth Necessary?
What do holistic dentists use for fillings, have you ever wondered? The answer is dental sealants. Sealant treatment is way better than fillings in case of- durability, appearance and protection.
Dental sealant is a protective layer applied on the tooth surface to prevent decaying. This treatment is more appropriate for teeth at the back side or molars as they are not properly protected due to their anatomy. The sealants will act as a protection barrier against all the harmful bacteria.
As sealants are transparent or white in colour and look almost natural, you don’t have to worry about your appearance. Although adults can have this treatment too, mostly kids who just have erupted their permanent teeth undergo this. At Next Generation Dental, dental sealants for adults and kids, both are done successfully.
What is Sealant for Teeth and How It is Applied?
Dental sealant treatment is a quick painless technique used for patients whose teeth are prone to have pit or fissure caries in molar teeth.
Sealants for teeth are made of resin. They use phosphoric acid for etching and produce micro-porosities to flow into that. This flow is needed to increase retention, surface area and the strength of bonding of the sealant and the surface of the tooth. That etching procedure takes only 15 to 60 seconds, then the treated tooth is rinsed and dried within 15 to 20 seconds. If you notice a chalky appearance on the tooth that time, it means the etching is done perfectly. Then the sealant is placed into the pits and fissures of the teeth. It is left for around 10 seconds to allow the sealant material to penetrate into pores created by etching earlier. At the end, a curing light is used for 20 to 30 seconds to harden the sealant.
No drilling or administration of local anaesthesia is required in this treatment.
What to Expect After the Procedure is done?
After undergoing a sealant treatment, maintaining healthy dental hygiene is mandatory. You will have no difficulty in brushing, as toothbrush bristles will be able to reach all the teeth surface. The sealants will only form a shield like barricade for protection.
The sealants typically last 5 years or more. But it may fall out earlier in some cases, in such situations you have to visit your dentist office as soon as possible. Also never miss a regular dental checkup as this is a must for keeping your sealants at their best condition.
Why to Get Dental Sealant Treatment at Next Generation Dental?
At our dental clinic, we assure providing the best treatment along with post-procedure care. Our expert dentists will offer you the most suitable treatment plan and use only certified materials for the treatment. They will also provide great instruction on how to take care of teeth after the treatment. Regular dental checkups are highly appreciated here. Also, many people think holistic dentistry is more expensive, but at the Next Generation Dental, everything is absolutely affordable.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about sealants on teeth or to make an appointment for the treatment.