Applying dental sealants is one of the best ways to avoid future restorative care. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surface of posterior teeth to "seal" deep grooves which may be easily susceptible to decay in spite of proper brushing.
This completely painless procedure begins with a thorough cleaning of the tooth surface followed by a mild etchant to clean the grooves. Air abrasion may also be used to prepare the surface before applying the sealant. A bonding agent is applied to the tooth followed by a flowable tooth-colored resin. The bonding agent and the resin are cured with a high-intensity curing light to a hardness sufficient to withstand many years of use without being dislodged.
Dental sealants are highly recommended for children who are getting their permanent teeth. For teens and adults who need to improve their personal dental care or for those with diets containing high levels of sugar, dental sealants are an appropriate solution.
Dental sealants only protect the biting surface from decay. Sealants do not protect the spaces between teeth. To prevent decay between teeth you need to practice daily flossing, exercise proper brushing at least twice per day, and schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carreira to learn about the advantages of dental sealants for your and your family or schedule a checkup and cleaning, please call our office at (207) 947-4767.