Preventative Care With Sealants in The Woodlands, TX
Teeth naturally have recesses on their surfaces such as fissures (grooves) and pits that can trap food and bacterial plaque. These areas are hard to clean and they make the tooth susceptible to decay. Using a dental sealant is a conservative procedure to protect teeth from decay in vulnerable pits and grooves.
What is the procedure?
If there is no decay present, the grooves of the teeth are cleaned out with a micro abrasion handpiece. The abrasive particles clean out any debris and bacteria, while roughening the enamel surface in preparation for the sealant material. After an etching solution is applied in the crevice, the sealant can be adhered to the tooth.
The sealant prevents plaque from accumulating in the pits and fissures, but good oral hygiene should always be practiced. Brush and floss daily and schedule regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Stewart and his staff. During your regular checkups, the sealants will be examined for signs of failure and leakage. A failing sealant is just as susceptible to cavities as an unprotected tooth. Though modern sealants typically last for several years, they can naturally wear down over time due to the heavy pressures of chewing.