Do you wish you could save your smile by constantly preventing tooth decay? If so, our Kenmore Dental dental team has some good news for you: Dental sealants are exactly what you need. Dental sealants are tough, protective shells that are painted and hardened onto your teeth. They help keep your teeth nice and healthy because they don’t let harmful substances come near your tooth enamel.
Typically, children are the ones who receive dental sealants. This is because sometimes they don’t take proper care of their teeth so their smiles are more vulnerable to cavities. However, adults who have molars that are free from decay and dental fillings are more than welcome to take advantage of dental sealants. The process of applying the sealant is easy and simple. It includes the following steps:
Step 1: The tooth that is being sealed will be thoroughly cleaned.
Step 2: The tooth will then be dried. Your dentist will place a cotton swab or another absorbent material around the tooth to keep it dry throughout the treatment.
Step 3: An acid solution will be placed on the tooth to roughen its surface. This will help the sealant bond to the tooth.
Step 4: The tooth will be rinsed and dried once again.
Step 5: Finally, the sealant will be painted onto the surface of the tooth and will be hardened with a special light.
Typically, sealants can last up to 10 years, but they will need to be checked at every six-month checkup. If necessary, your dentist will replace the sealant with a new one.
If you would like more information about dental sealants in Kenmore, Washington, so you can decide whether or not you want to protect your smile, please feel free to call 425-485-0588 now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Conway. We are happy to tell you all you need to know so you can make the best decision for your oral health!