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Dental Sealants
Murphy, TX

Close up of a dental assistant applying a UV light to a female patient's newly sealed teethYou only get one set of adult teeth in your lifetime, and it's your responsibility to care for them properly. Parkside Dental is here to help with our preventative treatments.
Preventative dentistry is a field within dentistry that seeks to preserve oral health by preventing cavities (also known as caries) and other dental issues. Rather than merely addressing dental issues as they arise, this proactive approach focuses on preventing problems before they begin. Regular dental check-ups, professional cleanings, and at-home oral care routines form the core of preventative dentistry.
One of the preventative treatments we use is dental sealants, which are highly effective in the battle against tooth decay. Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, where the majority of tooth decay occurs. By applying sealants to teeth, we can better protect them against decay.

Tooth Decay Prevention

Dental sealants are intended for the high-risk areas of molars and premolars. The deep grooves and pits in these teeth create environments conducive to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Sealants create a smooth surface that is easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities.
While sealants offer robust protection, they are most effective when combined with regular oral hygiene practices. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups remain crucial components of a comprehensive oral care routine. No matter what kind of dental restorations you have, it's important to practice good oral hygiene at home.
We encourage early dental intervention for children. Applying dental sealants at an early age, typically as soon as the permanent molars erupt, sets the stage for a lifetime of reduced cavity risk. This proactive approach helps children establish good oral hygiene habits and reduces the likelihood of dental issues in adulthood.

Oral Health Protection

Dental sealants not only prevent cavities but also help preserve the tooth's natural structure. By forming a protective barrier, sealants shield teeth from the corrosive effects of acids produced by bacteria.
The preventive nature of sealants also reduces the need for restorative dental procedures. Fewer cavities mean fewer fillings, crowns, or other restorations, preserving both oral health and the integrity of the natural teeth.
For children, the application of dental sealants serves as an early introduction to preventive dental care. This experience fosters positive oral health habits, encouraging a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.

The Dental Sealant Procedure

The dental sealant procedure is simple and painless, providing a proactive defense against the development of cavities in the areas protected by the sealant. The first step involves thorough cleaning and drying of the teeth to ensure the sealant adheres properly. We then apply a mild acidic solution to the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them slightly. This enhances the bond between the sealant and the tooth enamel. After that, the teeth are rinsed and dried again to remove any residue from the acidic solution.
The dental sealant, usually a clear or tooth-colored liquid, is then carefully painted onto the grooves and pits of the teeth. Some sealants are cured using a special light, while others self-cure. The curing process ensures the sealant hardens and bonds securely to the tooth surface.

What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

The primary advantage of dental sealants lies in their preventive nature. By creating a physical barrier on the chewing surfaces of teeth, sealants act as shields against the infiltration of bacteria and food particles, preventing the formation of cavities.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay, particularly in the molars and premolars, which possess intricate grooves and pits that make them susceptible to cavities. The sealant's protective layer helps in maintaining the integrity of the tooth enamel.
Compared to the cost of treating cavities and undergoing restorative dental procedures, sealants are a cost-effective preventive measure. Investing in sealants can save patients both money and the potential discomfort associated with cavity treatment.
While sealants are commonly applied to the permanent molars of children and teenagers, they can also benefit adults. Adults who are at a higher risk of developing cavities in the pits and fissures of their teeth can receive the protective benefits of sealants.

How do I care for my Sealants?

Maintaining the effectiveness of dental sealants involves regular dental check-ups. Dental sealants are durable, but they may need replacement over time. Regular wear and tear or chipping can occur, and Dr. Jason Larsen will determine whether a sealant needs replacement during check-ups. If we notice any issues during routine examinations we will address them promptly.
While dental sealants provide a robust defense against cavities, maintaining good oral hygiene practices is essential. Sealant maintenance is also hindered by practices such as smoking and frequent alcohol consumption, so we advise sealant patients to avoid these practices. Regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings complement the protective role of sealants in maintaining oral health.

How long do Sealants last?

Sealants are known for their longevity. On average, sealants can last for several years, providing enduring protection against cavities. Regular dental check-ups allow us to monitor their condition and recommend replacement if necessary. Practicing oral health also goes a long way in prolonging sealant longevity.
Research consistently demonstrates the effectiveness of dental sealants in reducing the incidence of cavities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children with sealants experience about 70% fewer cavities in molars than children without sealants.
Sealant effectiveness is widely recognized. Professional organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), endorse the application of dental sealants as a preventive measure against caries.
Dental sealants act as guardians in the realm of preventive dentistry. Their simple yet effective application provides a proactive defense against tooth decay, offering benefits that extend beyond cavity prevention. From preserving natural tooth structure to fostering positive oral health habits, dental sealants play a crucial role in fortifying smiles for a lifetime. This preventive measure is an investment in long-term oral health, ensuring that smiles remain vibrant, confident, and resilient against tooth decay.

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Parkside Dental

703 E. FM 544 Suite 100
Murphy, TX 75094

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Dental Sealants Murphy, TX
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