Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to place on a tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and will last several years preventing bacteria from entering the pit and fissures on the chewing surface of the tooth.
Children today greatly benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
At Skarr Family Dentistry in Waukesha, we offer dental sealants as a preventative measure to help our patients keep their teeth healthy.
Thorough brushing helps to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to remove these substances. Dental sealants protect these vulnerable areas by providing a physical barrier and “sealing out” plaque and food. A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back permanent teeth, the six and twelve year molars. The plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces and acts as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaques and acids.
Sealants are easy to apply, and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. The sealant material is “painted” onto the chewing surface, where it bonds directly to the tooth and is hardened with a curing light. As long as the sealant remains intact, the chewing surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the forces of normal chewing, and during your regular dental visits your Waukesha family dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if necessary. Call Skarr Family Dentistry of Waukesha to learn whether dental sealants can put extra power behind your prevention program.