Cavities are the most common oral concern. They form due to the erosion of the enamel caused by the toxic substances released by the microbes in the mouth. If the decay isn’t removed at the right time, the cavity could grow bigger and reach the deeper stages of the teeth, and potentially result in a root canal infection.
While a dental filling is the most common way to restore a cavity-infected tooth, preventing them even before it occurs is a better way to keep away from them altogether. Despite brushing and flossing every day, the microbes could get left behind in the mouth, especially in the occlusal grooves (the grooves present on the molars and premolars). Completely sealing them off is a fool-proof way to keep microbes and food debris from getting accumulated, which can be done using dental sealants.
What are sealants?
Dental sealants are made from tooth-colored acrylic and are used to cover the occlusal grooves. Though the grooves do not seem too wide, they can house numerous microbes and food debris, which can be the driving cause of cavities. Applying sealants on the grooves seal them completely, thereby preventing microbial deposition.
How are sealants applied?
The dentist will conduct a thorough diagnosis and determine the presence of cavities on the molars and premolars. If any, they will be removed using an ultrasonic scaling device, and the debris will be washed away using a jet of water. The dentist will prepare the sealant by matching it with the color of the natural enamel. Once the tooth is etched, the sealant will be applied on the occlusal grooves and spread evenly. After it hardens, it will be polished to enhance its appearance. If given ideal care, it can last for several years without any hassle.
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