Even if your family is dedicated to taking care of your teeth, there are some spots a brush just can’t get to well enough. To help, our Kelowna dental clinic suggests placing dental sealants on those tough-to-reach molars, especially in the mouths of children.
What are dental sealants?
Think of a dental sealant as a clear or white plastic film that prevents cavities by blocking plaque build-up in the deep grooves of your back teeth. Dental sealants create a flat surface on molars and premolars so you can clean them properly and give them extra protection against decay along with fluoride.
Kelowna dentists suggest sealants for children in particular because their new permanent teeth are susceptible to tooth decay, and you want to protect those precious teeth for years to come. However, adults who are at risk of developing cavities can also benefit from having sealants placed on their back teeth.
How do dentists place sealants?
1. Your child’s teeth are cleaned. Our Kelowna dental centre uses the simple, effective technology of air abrasion to blow off plaque and debris within the tooth. Air abrasion is great for kids because it means no drilling or needles are used and it gives their teeth a clean, smooth surface for a long-lasting sealant bond.
2. We keep your child’s teeth dry. Isolite, an advance mouthpiece system, is used to comfortably dry your child’s teeth. With isolite, they’ll barely notice the mouthpiece vacuuming fluid and debris off her teeth.
3. The tooth is etched. The etch is like a sander or primer that roughens the surface of the tooth so the sealant has an easy surface to stick to.
4. Sealant is painted on. Once the tooth is etched, it’s ready for the sealant. Your dentists in Kelowna will paint the sealant on the tooth and set the sealant with light. Once it’s been hardened, the sealant becomes a plastic coating that blocks plaque and cavities, often for five to 10 years.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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