Even with proper brushing and flossing, it can be difficult to remove all the food and plaque from the crevices of the back teeth. This plaque and food can cause tooth decay. If you would like to protect your teeth from decay, ask Dr. Kenneth Schweizer about dental sealants in Sarasota, Florida. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic material that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where it bonds in place. Dental sealants block out plaque and food, thus protecting your teeth from decay. Usually, children and teens have dental sealants placed when the molars and premolars come in. However, adults with no tooth decay or dental fillings in their molars and premolars can also have dental sealants placed.
To place dental sealants, our dentist will first clean the molars and premolars. Each tooth is then dried and an absorbent material is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist will then use an acid solution to etch the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This will help the sealant bond to the teeth. The molars and premolars are then rinsed and dried again. The dental sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel of each tooth, where it bonds in place. Sometimes, our dentist will use a curing light to help the sealant harden.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.