Dental sealants are an important preventive treatment. They are often used to protect children’s teeth, but sealants may also be used to add an extra layer of protection in adult teeth as well. You may also benefit from sealants if you are at a high risk of tooth decay. Our Los Angeles dental sealants expert can help you decide if sealants are right for you.
Cavities are caused by oral bacteria. These bacteria live in plaque and tartar, and they release acidic waste products. These acids leach minerals from your teeth, which leads to erosion and tooth decay. If your teeth are not remineralized at the same rate or greater than they are demineralized, a cavity will form. Brushing and flossing keep bacteria populations under control, but some parts of teeth, particularly the fissures and folds of the biting surfaces of molars, can be difficult to clean thoroughly. Our expert in dental sealants in Los Angeles can apply dental sealants to these hard-to-clean surfaces to create a physical barrier between the bacteria and the tooth.
Dental Sealants Los Angeles
Our Los Angeles dental sealants expert will first clean the tooth or teeth to be treated. A mild etching solution is applied to roughen the surface of the tooth. The sealant material is a liquid that can then be painted onto the tooth. We use a special light to cure, or harden, the sealant. When you leave our office, the sealant will be fully hardened and ready to use.
The sealants can last for several years and will protect the biting surface from bacterial acids. They are clear, so no one will know you have them. All you need to do to maintain them is brush and floss your teeth just as you always do. Sealants are an excellent way to protect your teeth, but they do not replace healthy dental habits. Our expert in dental sealants in Los Angeles will check your sealants along with any restorations you have at each appointment.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.