About Dental Sealants
Sealants are often used on molars and pre-molars that have grooves or pits that are difficult to clean, which can lead to plaque buildup. Sealants are made of composite plastic that are usually applied to the top of molars for a smoother surface, which makes cleaning and removing buildup easier. The sealant acts as a sort of armor or protection for the teeth, and, with proper oral hygiene, they can last for several years. If patients are noticing plaque buildup within the fissures of their molars, even with routine brushing, they can call Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA today to help restore their smile.
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What to Expect
A dental sealant is a fairly easy procedure that involves plastic resin being painted on the premolars or molars, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. The sealant fills in and fits into the grooves of the teeth, creating a comfortable, protective barrier. As a preventative method to prevent decay or even tooth loss, sealants work to maintain the health of the tooth for years. Our dentists will determine if a sealant is a good option for each patient during their exam, and, if needed, will schedule a procedure date. Once the sealant has hardened on the tooth, patients can continue with their regular routine.
Patients can anticipate returning to their regular routine immediately following their procedure. Our dentists will provide them with any special instructions before they leave our office. To ensure optimal oral health, patients should maintain a regular oral hygiene routine that includes brushing twice a day, using mouthwash, and flossing. It is also recommended that patients continue to schedule annual examinations and bi-annual teeth cleanings.
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Protecting your teeth from cavities, decay, and disease is our main priority. If you believe that a sealant might be the best treatment option to fulfill your dental hygiene needs, contact our office immediately to schedule your exam with our team.