Pediatric dentists often recommend that their cavity prone patients – those between the ages of 6 and 14 – have sealants placed over their back teeth to keep harmful plaque and acids from getting in. Sealants aren’t just for kids any more, adults can also be at high risk for tooth decay.
The process of applying a dental sealant is quick and simple. The dentist will clean the surface and the grooves of the tooth as the first step in getting it ready to bond with the sealant. Next the “etching” gel will go on and sit for a few seconds then be rinsed away. The tooth will then be thoroughly dried with the dentist’s air gun. From this point on it is really important to keep the area dry. The patient will be encouraged to “open wide” throughout the rest of the procedure.
Now the dentist is ready to apply the liquid plastic sealant. He may paint it on with a brush or use a syringe to reach into every nook and cranny on the chewing surface of the tooth. Once the dentist is positive that it is properly dispersed he will use a blue light curing instrument to instantly set the sealant. The entire sealing process will take less than 10 minutes to complete after which the patient will be able to eat and drink as usual.
Dr. Rentz of Stonegate Dental Care can assess your needs and discuss an appropriate preventive treatment plan. Call Stonegate @ 720-851-7069.