Are you looking to preserve your molars and premolar teeth? One of the best ways to do this is getting dental sealants. These are plastic coatings placed on the permanent back teeth to protect them from decay and infections. Here at John F. Freemon, DMD, PC in Woodstock, Georgia, we want to provide the care you need to protect your smile.
One of the main reasons your teeth are susceptible to decay are grooves in the teeth where food particles and bacteria can buildup. This attacks the enamel, usually causing cavities. Although fluoride from dental materials such as mouthwashes and toothpastes help fight against buildup, dental sealants provide a layer of protection by placing a smooth surface over the grooves.
Dental sealants typically have a slight tint, or are clear/white, depending on the type of dental sealant your dentist places. The process is fairly simple, with your tooth first being thoroughly cleaned with a rotating brush and paste. It’s then rinsed with water, dried, and an acidic solution is applied on the grooved area and rinsed off.
This creates a rougher surface, with the spots being microscopic. This will allow the liquid dental sealant to attach (after the tooth is dried) and is then allowed to harden. A special light hardens the liquid to create a hard, plastic varnish coating.
Once you’ve had a dental sealant, that tooth will allow you to chew on it without damage. Sealants can last for many years if taken care of properly and taking care of the rest of the surrounding tooth. Call Dr. John Freemon to receive a consultation or make an appointment at 770-928-0871 today!