Alpine Sealants and Cavity Prevention

Some people are just more prone to tooth decay than others. If you get more cavities than the average person, preventive care and regular dental appointments are more important than ever. Alpine dentist Dr. Larsen will check your mouth and evaluate your risk for cavities and gum disease. For high-risk patients, Dr. Larsen may recommend more frequent trips to the office and caries prevention methods like fluoride and sealants.

sealntsWhat are Sealants?

Dental sealant is a tooth-colored plastic coating that protects the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where the majority of decay occurs. Your Highland dentist paints the sealant on the grooves of your back teeth (molars and premolars), sealing them off from plaque acids and bacteria.

Applying sealant is a quick procedure that takes about five minutes per tooth. The dentist prepares the tooth enamel by softening it with a weak acid. This makes the sealant stick to the surface more easily. When the surface is completely dry, the plastic coating is painted on the grooves of the tooth. The sealant bonds quickly and forms a shield over the enamel. Sealants can protect your teeth from cavities for up to a decade, but your dentist must check them regularly for wear or cracks. A broken sealant can be replaced easily.

Do You Need Sealants?

Sealants are usually recommended for children and teenagers, but adults can also benefit. Anyone who is highly at risk for dental caries should consider sealants. Children and teenagers are good candidates, and it is recommended to get sealants on the permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. In some cases, your dentist may recommend sealants to protect baby teeth that have deep pits and grooves.

Fight cavities and keep your mouth healthy for life. Visit Dr. Larsen at Alpine Dental Care or schedule an appointment today.