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Dental sealants

Dental sealant is also called pit and fissure sealant or just fissure sealants. A sealant is a type of preventative dental treatment which protect teeth from developing caries especially on young children. They are placed on the deep pits and grooves of molar teeth to prevent sugar and bacteria to penetrate in these deep areas.

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Dental sealants

Dental sealant is also called pit and fissure sealant or just fissure sealants. A sealant is a type of preventative dental treatment which protect teeth from developing caries especially on young children. They are placed on the deep pits and grooves of molar teeth to prevent sugar and bacteria to penetrate in these deep areas. These pits and fissures are susceptible to tooth decay because it’s hard to clean under these deep areas. The dental sealants ooze into these deep grooves and harden; thus, bacteria and sugar can no longer penetrate inside the tooth. A dental sealant is especially helpful for children who are at high risk of suffering tooth decay; they are placed as soon as their permanent molars erupt.

The dental caries form when there is a disruption of balance between the gain and the loss of the minerals from the tooth surface. The mineral loss from the teeth take place when bacteria in the mouth ferment the foods and turn it into acid. This acidity then starts to deminzeralize the enamel, which is the topmost layer of a tooth. Saliva and fluoride help re-mineralize tooth structure, which is why regular use of fluoridated toothpaste aids in preventing tooth decay. The imbalance results when fermentable carbohydrates or poor oral hygiene outweigh fluoride use and salivary flow. This causes the continuous loss with no gain of the minerals over time which results in tooth decay.

The fissure sealant is a preventive procedure which is used as minimal invasive method in dentistry. This approach facilitates the prevention and the early intervention to stop and to prevent the formation of dental caries. The aim of the fissure sealant is to prevent or arrest the development of dental caries. The sealant acts as a physical barricade that protects the natural tooth surface that have deep grooves; it inhibits the buildup of the bacteria which tend to get trapped in the grooves and fissures. Fissure sealant creates a smoother surface which facilitates cleaning. Dentists, dental hygienists and most dental assistants are able to place the sealants.

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The reasons of using the dental sealant

Dental sealant is resin-based and plastic-like in nature once it hardens. It is placed in the fissures or pits of the permanent or primary molar or premolar teeth found on the back of the mouth. Molar teeth are most susceptible to dental decay because of their complex anatomy, which makes it easy for plaque to accumulate in hard to reach areas.

Even with a thorough oral hygiene routine, some people can still develop cavities. Some people are prone to the caries because of the structure and shape of the teeth. The dentist may recommend preventative sealants to prevent people with high-caries risk and deep grooves from developing cavities.

The dentist may not necessarily suggest sealants to every patient and but are recommended on most young children with developing molars. This includes the children who still have their baby teeth. The sealant is designed to fill up the deep pits with the grooves of the molars which are susceptible to the caries since they can trap the food particles on such areas of the teeth. The sealant can protect the tooth against the cavities by protecting the grooves from housing bacteria and sugar.

Applying the sealant before any decay starts will block the bacteria

 

Does getting a dental sealant cause dental pain?

It is understandable if the patient is nervous before a dental procedure especially if they have no prior experience with said procedure. Resins are applied in liquid form and oozed into the grooves of the tooth. A dental curing light is then used to harden the sealant. This process takes only a few minutes and is one of the easiest procedures in dentistry!

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How long the sealant last?

When the sealant is applied, it may last over ten years as long as it is well-maintained. It may wear off over time, in which a new sealant can easily be replaced.

The dentist is going to check on the integrity of the sealants every time he performs a recall exam. He can reapply the sealant if it is wearing faster compared to the usual. This is to ensure that the teeth are protected at all times.

The patients have to keep in mind that the sealant is not the only method that they can use to prevent cavities. Ideal oral hygiene is still crucial to prevent the formation of tooth decay. When the child is prone to cavities, he can protect the teeth by using fluoride rich toothpaste.

Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
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Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
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Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
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Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
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Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
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Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
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Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
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Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
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