Dental Sealants Arlington, TX
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It can be difficult for your toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because they’re too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don’t want that.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth's surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
Sealants From Your Arlington Dentist
At Lake Castle Dentistry, the need for sealants is frequently determined by using our enamel detector called the Diagnodent. Dr. Daggula will prepare the tooth using Air Abrasion before applying a “flowable” composite filling material in the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.
Sealants are typically applied to children's teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. Sealants can reduce tooth decay by up to 70%, and are a great way to prevent the need for expensive restorative treatment later in life. Adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is most common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and Dr. Daggula will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants can last up to ten years and require minimal care. Brushing and flossing regularly will keep them clean. Sealants can occasionally become loose, but they can easily be reapplied during a dental appointment. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be resealed.