Our teeth are naturally porous, and contain various grooves and depressions, which make it quite easy for bacteria from food and liquids to sneak in and set up shop, which causes plaque and tartar to build up.
If not remedied right away, this build-up can eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Preventing this scenario is a primary focus for the dentists at Ivory Dental Centre’s Langley clinic, which is why we provide our patients with the option of having a dental sealant applied to their premolars and molars, which seals the tooth’s surface and prevents bacteria from building up in hard-to-reach areas.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic-like coating that is “painted” onto the surface enamel of your teeth, which seals the natural pits and grooves, forming a protective shield and making it almost impossible for bacteria to cause lasting damage, cavities, or severe decay.
While regular brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque from the surface of smooth teeth, these methods are not always effective at reaching the deep grooves within, and tight spaces between your back teeth. This is precisely why we recommend the application of a dental sealant to these vulnerable chewing surface areas of your premolars and molars. Once sealed, you will have an added protective layer to “seal out” debris and plaque, as well as an extra guard against cavities, discolouration, and decay.
Typically, our dentists in Langley offer dental sealants to young children and teenagers who have not yet experienced much decay. By applying the sealant early on in life, our dentists ensure that teeth are protected throughout the most cavity-prone developmental years of youth. As a matter of fact, dental sealants are so effective that, in some cases, they can prevent further damage even to teeth that have already begun to show signs of decay.
Dental Sealant Application Procedure for Surrey and Langley Patients
While the process may sound complicated, it is actually quite simple and non-invasive, and can be carried out by your dentist or hygienist in a matter of minutes. The sealing procedure is generally carried out as such:
Once applied, and with consistent checks and maintenance from your dentist at regular dental appointments, your sealants can protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years. If your dentist notices any deterioration of the sealant, it can easily be replaced on the spot.
Contact Ivory Dental Centre with any Questions regarding Dental Sealants
Our dentists are always willing to provide you with relevant and necessary information to help you make an informed decision for any dental procedure – and the same is true for dental sealants. Contact Ivory Dental Centre’s clinic in Langley to have your questions answered or to schedule a consultation today.