If you are one who wishes for a way to prevent tooth decay from destroying your back molars, our team at Comfort Dental Excellence has a solution for you! Dental sealants are thin shells that cover your molars and protect them from the harmful substances that threaten them each day.
Who should get sealants?
Typically, children are the ones who receive dental sealants. This is because sometimes they don’t take proper care of their teeth and 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.
How are sealants applied?
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 cotton swab or another absorbent material around the tooth to keep it dry throughout the treatment.
Step 3: An acid solution is placed on the tooth to roughen up its surface. This will help the sealant bond to the tooth.
Step 4: The tooth is rinsed and dried once again.
Step 5: Finally, the sealant is painted onto the surface of the tooth and is hardened with a special light.
How long do sealants last?
Typically, sealants can last up to 10 years, but they will need to be checked at every checkup. If necessary, your dentist will replace the sealant with a new one.
If you would like more information about sealants so you can make the best decision for your smile, please feel free to call 281.376.4533 now and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Harris. We care for you and your oral health, and we are here to help you in any way we can!