What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin protective coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They can last for up to three years and form a barrier between your tooth and any bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Not only can sealants help to prevent cavities, but they can help in preventing deep staining. Sealants are ideal for both pediatric and adult patients as needed.
Why are Sealants needed?
You might need sealants because you’re prone to tooth decay and already have a lot of cavities or fillings. For children with poor eating and hygiene habits, sealants can protect the back teeth from future damage and decay. You might even choose sealants as a way to protect your teeth and prevent staining. Sealants are completely clear, so no one will even know they’re on your teeth but the dental team.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
We can examine your teeth to determine if and when you might need sealants. We often recommend them to children who don’t have the best eating and brushing habits, or to adults who already have quite a lot of fillings on their back teeth. Sealants are only applied to the back teeth, so having them placed is not an excuse to not brush and floss your teeth. It is important that you brush and floss your teeth daily even with sealants in place.
What happens during a Scaling and Root Planing?
We first administer a local anesthetic to the area being treated. We then work to scale the teeth and remove plaque, tartar, stains and heavy buildup. We then work deeper into the gum pockets to remove any debris that’s found. Once the debris has been cleared, we smooth the roots of the teeth so that the gums are able to heal more closely to the teeth and close up these pockets. You will then be scheduled for a second appointment so that the same treatment can be performed on the other side of the mouth.
If you think you may need a scaling and root planing or want to know more about this procedure, call us today and our friendly staff members can further assist you.