Brushing and teeth cleaning can only go so far when it comes to molars and preventing bacteria that create holes, or cavities, in our teeth. Another method that can be used to address holes/gaps in teeth is dental sealants. Sealants are the added protection your teeth may need to fight against bacteria causing cavities. Lifetime Family Dental in Gilbert, Arizona is a dental practice that also provide a range of cosmetic dentistry services to ensure great oral health for our patients.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are essentially a raincoat for your teeth. They are a thin, protective coating bonded to the back molars of your teeth. Dental sealants are usually made from a type of plastic or dental material that helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and can keep cavities from forming in the hard to reach molars in your mouth. When the bacteria in your mouth combines with the leftover food particles, it produces acid that cause holes in your teeth. These holes are cavities and the sealant helps to stop the food particles and bacteria from sitting in your teeth.
Process of Sealants
The process of sealants being adhered to your teeth is pretty quick and painless. Your teeth will be cleaned and dried and then an acidic gel will be placed on your teeth creating a surface for the sealant to bond to. The gel will be rinsed off and then the sealant will be applied to the dried teeth and hardened with a specific dental curing light.
Lasting Quality of Sealants
Sealants are a great protection for your teeth and are long lasting. Having sealants done is also a quick and painless process. A well maintained sealant can last an individual several years before they would need to be reapplied.
Sealants are a great option for additional protection for your teeth from tooth decay and cavities. Over the long term it can save you time, money, and from pain. Contact us today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and if dental sealants would be beneficial to your specific needs.
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