Dental decay often sets in on the rearmost teeth in the oral cavity, the molars. These teeth are hard to see and often don’t receive as much attention as more forward teeth. When decay sets in, it tends to focus on the uneven surface of the chewing surface of the teeth. This problem often appears in younger patients. Thankfully, advances in dental technology have made it possible to provide protection from this decay. This protection comes in the form of dental sealants, which work to create a barrier between these teeth and bacteria. OC Kids Dental is proud to provide this treatment to families in Aliso Viejo, CA.
Introducing Your Shield Against Decay – Dental Sealants
While they do not eliminate the need for thorough flossing and brushing, they do protect the tooth between brushings. It’s common for plaque and food particles to become lodged in the crevices of the teeth. While these substances pose a risk to the enamel, a dental sealant can reduce the risk of decay to your child’s teeth. This makes them a fundamental part of protecting young teeth from premature extraction.
These sealants are appropriate for patients of any age. However, they are primarily provided to younger patients who are still learning to properly care for their teeth. This is partly due to the need for the patients to have neither decay nor fillings present on the treated teeth. While the majority of patients who receive these sealants are over the age of six, it can be appropriate for younger patients as well.
Receiving dental sealants is a fairly simple process, involving only a few steps:
- The target teeth are cleaned thoroughly in preparation for treatment.
- The tooth is then dried, and absorbent materials are placed around it to keep it dry.
- The surface of the tooth is then treated with an acid solution to create a rough surface. This rough surface makes it easier for the sealant to bond to the tooth.
- The solution is then removed by rinsing and the tooth dried.
- The sealant is then painted in place, quickly bonding with the tooth and hardening.
In some circumstances, a curing light may be used to help speed the hardening of the sealant. Once secured in place they will remain a viable form of protection for years to come. Once in place, the sealant can potentially prevent decay for approximately ten years. Dr.Cima Mazar-Atabaki will check them for damage during each of the following dental check-ups. When needed, the dental sealants can be replaced.
Come See Us For Lasting Dental Protection From Sealants
Insurance typically covers sealants for patients under the age of 18. Give your provider a call to determine if this preventative treatment is covered by your provider. They’ll let you know the rate of coverage, how often they can be replaced, and when coverage for dental sealants ends. It’s time to start taking steps to provide lasting protection to your family’s teeth. Contact our dental clinic today to schedule your first consultation today.
Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on these surfaces.
The majority of decay on back teeth starts in the grooves an pits of chewing surfaces, especially during the first few years after their eruption. Sealing these surfaces with resins (Sealants) prevent this kind of decay.
Sealants are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed. Although it is still a possibility that decay may develop on surfaces in between teeth, sealants significantly reduce the overall chance of having cavities. Please call Dr.Cima Mazar-Atabaki’s office in ALISO VIEJO for any questions.« Oral Sedation Pulp Therapy (for baby teeth) »