Your molars have many tiny grooves all along their surface; and, while brushing and flossing will help to clean your teeth and remove plaque from off the top of your teeth, you won’t always be able to get deep down inside these grooves to clean your teeth. Sealants are able to protect these vulnerable areas of your teeth from tooth decay by “sealing” off grooves and preventing plaque and bacteria from being stuck.
While many people consider sealants to be something you get only once as a child, adults can also benefit from resealing their teeth later in life. Whether you have never had a cavity, or are prone to small areas of decay, you should ask Dr. Baruffi about resealing your teeth at your next dental checkup. Resealing your teeth is just one way that you can help protect your smile and prevent tooth decay and extra visits to the dentist!
Sealants only take a few minutes to apply, and here’s how it’s done:
• We will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth.
• An acid solution is then used to make the top part of your teeth seem rough (this helps the sealant bond stronger onto the teeth).
• We will then once again clean and dry your teeth.
• Sealant is painted onto the tooth’s surface where it bonds and hardens, filling in the tiny grooves, and helping to protect your teeth from cavities and decay.
Do you already have sealants? If so, we’d love to know how they have benefitted you, and what made you choose to reseal your teeth. If you have any questions about sealants, or would like to find out if this procedure is covered by your insurance, please contact our practice at 206.973.8211. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, and schedule your next dental appointment!