Dental sealants are, by far, one of the most common general dental procedures to undergo. They are also one of the easiest ways to safeguard your teeth against bacteria and plaque outside of daily brushing and flossing. Your teeth’s enamel is not a perfectly smooth surface. Small ridges, grooves, and imperfections cover the surface of your teeth. These are so small you would never see them, but they make perfect locations for bacteria to build up and start eating away at your teeth. Dental sealants in Lucas, TX, are the best way to protect against this issue.
What are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that we apply directly to the outside of your teeth. It is clear and paper thin. Once it has bonded to your teeth, it is completely unnoticeable. However, it fills in your enamel’s imperfections and creates a coating in order to keep out bacteria. Dental sealants are a highly effective defense against cavities.
What are Dental Sealants Used For?
Our goal is for our patients to experience the least amount of dental treatment possible. We also know that children who enter adulthood with the fewest restored teeth will enjoy the lowest risk of future problems.
Sealants give us a tool that can dramatically reduce the number of fillings placed in permanent teeth during critical stages of growth and development. On the chewing surface of molars, deep grooves reach into the center of the teeth. Under a microscope, these crevices might look like a deep canyon. In fact, most of them are narrower than a single toothbrush bristle but wide enough for bacteria to hide. It’s easy to see how cavities can form in such a perfect hideout.
If we seal the grooves in permanent molars at a young age, the risk of decay occurring on the chewing surfaces decreases dramatically. Fortunately, this procedure can be done quickly and without any discomfort. If the grooves are free of cavities, then we can gently clean them out and condition them for bonding. A resin material is applied to the grooves and sealed quickly with a blue activating light. Within a few minutes, the permanent molars receive a protective measure against cavities.
Sealants only last a few years and may need to be repaired or replaced periodically. But research confirms a 90% reduction in chewing surface cavity activity in sealed molars. This cost-effective, simple step may help your child enter adulthood with fewer fillings and less risk of significant dentistry in the future.
Other Dental Services At LoveJoy Dentistry
LoveJoy Dentistry strives to fulfill your every need in a dental office. Our staff is highly trained in order to accommodate these varied needs and prides themselves on doing so. No matter your exact dental issue, or the size of your family, LoveJoy Dentistry can help every member with every problem they have. Our full range of dentistry options includes:
- General dentistry services
- Family dentistry services
- Pediatric dentistry services
- Teen dentistry services
- Adult dentistry services
- Restorative dentistry services
- Cosmetic dentistry services
As you can see, we can cover all of the bases when it comes to dental health and oral hygiene. If you’re looking to make dental care for your family comfortable and convenient, then you need the help of the LoveJoy Dentistry team and Dr. Alex Rouse, DDS. Don’t delay your best smile and dental health another day. Give us a call at 972.449.7411 today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services.