Sometimes good oral hygiene habits are not enough to prevent having problems with tooth decay. Fortunately, dentists can provide treatments that can help patients keep cavities at bay. Dental sealants give your teeth an extra level of protection against tooth decay.
The sealants that our dentists work with to prevent tooth decay are plastic coatings that go onto the tops of premolars and molars to protect them. These teeth are responsible for doing most of the chewing when you’re eating.
The surface of these teeth have several crevices that food and sugars from drinks can hide in, and sometimes it is difficult to clean those areas by only brushing your teeth. As food and sugars breakdown, they form plaque that turns into the bacteria that causes cavities.
Our dentists at NY Smile Creators apply sealants mostly to the teeth of children because they don’t always do an adequate job of brushing their teeth. Adults in Flushing can also request this treatment if they are concerned about tooth decay.
The process of sealing teeth is quick and easy. One of our well-trained dentists will place a liquid on your back teeth that roughen their surface, so the sealant bonds to them. You will rinse your mouth to get rid of the excess liquid before they are dried. Then, your dentist will brush the sealant onto the teeth that have occlusions, or crevices, on their surfaces.
Some sealants require the use of curing light to harden, while others don’t need the light to get hard. Once the sealant has hardened, you can eat, drink, and get back to your normal routine right away. It may feel like your biting on something for the first few days, but that sensation goes away quickly.
You can expect dental sealants to last up to 10 years. During routine dental exams, your dentist will examine your teeth to make sure the sealant is still in place and in good shape. If you want to get you or your children’s teeth sealed in Flushing, contact us to schedule an appointment with a dentist.