Dental Sealants Can Help Protect Your Teeth
The chewing surfaces of the molar and premolar teeth have grooves, or “fissures,” that make them vulnerable to decay. These fissures can be profound, challenging to clean, and narrower than a single bristle of a toothbrush. Plaque accumulates in these areas, and the acid from bacteria in the plaque attacks the enamel, and cavities can develop.
Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are candidates for sealants. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can benefit from sealants.
It takes only a few minutes for your Chesapeake dentist or hygienist to apply a sealant to each tooth. After a few simple preparatory steps, they will paint the acrylic coating onto the tooth enamel. It bonds directly to the tooth and subsequently hardens, sometimes with the help of a special curing light. Once set, the sealant protects the enamel of your teeth from plaque and acid and lasts for several years.
If you are interested in having sealants applied at your next visit, contact Chesapeake Center for Complete Dentistry at 757-465-8900.