Dental sealants consist of plastic coatings that are placed on the occlusal (chewing) surface of the molars and premolars (permanent back teeth) to prevent decay. The chewing surface of the premolar and molar teeth has fissures or grooves that make them susceptible to decay, and these grooves are narrow and hard to clean even with just one toothbrush bristle.
Plaque builds up here and bacteria produces acid that destroys the enamel, leading to cavities. While fluoride can help stop decay on the surface of your teeth, sealants offer extra protection for the pitted and grooved areas by adding a smooth cover over the grooves.
Our process is very straightforward:
- The tooth surface is cleaned with a rotating brush and paste.
- The tooth is thoroughly washed with water and dried.
- An acidic solution is applied on the fissure spot of the chewing surface. The solution is left there for a few seconds before being washed and rinsed off.
- The previous step produces small microscopic spots and a surface that is rougher than the enamel surrounding it, but this is something that can only be seen under a microscope. It is this rough surface that makes it possible to apply the sealant onto the tooth without a lot of effort.
- Once your tooth has dried completely, the dental liquid sealant is placed on the tooth where it will be hardened. These implants are hardened via a light that solidifies the sealant, or it could be by utilizing a two-stage sealant that hardens even without the aid of a light. After the sealant has hardened it turns into a varnish coating made of hard plastic, and you will be able to chew on this like regular teeth.
Our sealants have been thoroughly tested and proven to work. These sealants have been around since the 1970s and numerous studies have been done proving their effectiveness when it comes to preventing occlusal surface decay. Please keep in mind that while these sealants provide protection, it is only for the surfaces that they have been set on, so you should still use fluoride.
Our dental sealants last for a long time and provide surface protection. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Afzali, founder and clinical director of Lifetime Dental Rancho Cucamonga, please call us at (909) 483-0812. Our office is located at 7365 Carnelian St. Suite 135, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.