The dental industry has come a long way with techniques and technologies that extend the life of our patient’s oral health. Sealants are a material made of a thin plastic. The dentist in Marina Del Rey CA applies the sealants in liquid form, so they have the chance to seal the grooves of back teeth on chewing areas. Sealants also protect the tooth from experiencing decay. Most tooth decay occurs in the back teeth where food is chewed. This is especially true for children. Therefore sealants protect grooves in teeth from getting filled with small food particles and bacterias that can penetrate the tooth.
Typically, the first permanent molar appears over the gum surface at around age 6. The second molar typically pushes through at about age 12. It’s important to seal a new tooth as quickly as possible. In general, there is no need for anesthesia or tooth drilling, and it is a procedure that is handled quickly an efficiently. Sealants are not visible when the patient smiles. Each sealant we apply is either white or clear to match the tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, a special gel is placed on the chewing surface, washed and then dried. The sealant is then painted on the prepared area, and hardened with a special light. Once the procedure is complete, your Marina Del Rey dentist will check the bite to make sure patient feels comfortable. Good oral hygiene, sealants and fluoride work together to prevent aggressive tooth decay. Fluoride is also found in dental toothpastes, mouth rinse and water.