At Smiles On Bristol Dentistry we like to prevent caries, how do we that? We like to prevent them by applying a preventive called Sealants. What are sealants? Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating that is used seal the pits and fissures so that no bacteria has access to grow in the tooth. These dental sealants are a protection for the tooth’s health, because they are used to seal out both food and plaque. The number one candidates for this treatment are 14 year olds or younger children who have teeth that have not yet been touched by caries.
Dental sealants are an easy and fast treatment. As the part of the tooth is thoroughly clean the sealant will be painted on the grooves of the occlusal part of the tooth enamel, as it bonds with the tooth it will create a wall that will protect the grooves( pits and fissures) of all the chewing surfaces. These dental sealants are usually painted onto the molars and premolars as that is where most decay occurs. It has been shown that 40% of the caries incidents are on molars that have deep pits and fissures. The sealants acting as barrier will block any food from being adhere into the grooves. The Smiles on Bristol dentist feels that sealants are important as they help prevent cavities at an early stage. It is also important to have a good oral hygiene, brush and floss your teeth this will remove food particles and plaque that from the smooth surfaces of the teeth. However, a toothbrush will not be able to reach and remove the food particles or plaque from the depressions of the tooth. The Smiles on Bristol team will help by applying sealants and the premolars and molars that have not yet been touched by any decay, by sealing out any food or plaque from these vulnerable areas.
Sealants can last up to 10 years, but should be checked on regular checkups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. What if my sealants chip or are worn away? It is very easy for sealants to be re-applied. The same procedure will be done, and the sealant material will be applied to where it has been chipped or worn out. At Smiles On Bristol dental sealants and a good oral hygiene are recognized as an effective approach to preventing caries on the grooves of pre molars and molars. If you have any questions regarding sealants you can always contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/