This Treatment Gets Our “Seal” Of Approval!

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When patients young and old visit our office for an oral hygiene examination and cleaning, the biggest concern is always if there is decay. If you or your loved ones struggle to clean your teeth, especially your back teeth properly, it can lead to the development of decay and the need for treatment. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were a treatment that could prevent decay from developing in the back teeth? You are in luck! Read on to learn more about a common and simple treatment that can help prevent decay in the teeth of you and your children.

What Are Dental Sealants?

It is not uncommon for people, especially children, to struggle to brush their back teeth properly. This can be especially difficult when the mouth is small or if the teeth are crowded. If you or a loved one is struggling to properly clean your back molars, dental sealants can help prevent cavities from developing. A dental sealant is a clear coating that is brushed on the chewing surface of the teeth and hardens as it dries. The treatment is typically used on the back molars, since they are most vulnerable to decay. Once the material dries, it leaves a smooth chewing surface, making it much easier to clean. This helps prevent harmful food and bacteria from lingering in the deep grooves, leading to decay.

What to Know About Dental Sealants

Dental sealants, although primarily used on children, can be used on adults as well. Dental sealants are particularly helpful if you have very deep grooves in your back molars. The only requirement is that the tooth has not experienced prior decay. The process for applying sealants is quick and easy, with no discomfort whatsoever. It can be completed in one office visit and will last for many years.

How Dental Sealants Are Applied

After the teeth are cleaned and dried, an acidic solution is then applied to the teeth to roughen the surface, ensuring that the sealant will adhere and remain on the teeth. The sealant is then brushed on the back molars, covering the deep grooves. Finally, the coating is hardened with a special light. If the sealant happens to fall off, be sure to contact us so we can replace it as soon as possible.

If you would like to consider sealants for you or your child, please feel free to contact us with any questions. We want to make sure you have the information you need to make the best choices for your dental health in Appleton, WI. We look forward to seeing you soon!