Brushing and flossing thoroughly removes plaque from your tooth surfaces. However, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the grooves and depressions of your molars or premolars. If you want a protective barrier against cavities, ask Dr. Jorge Bastidas about dental sealants in Paterson, New Jersey! Sealants are a plastic material that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of your back teeth to seal out plaque and food. Dental sealants are usually placed on the teeth of children and teenagers because people are more prone to get cavities from about age 6 to age 14. Sealants are also beneficial for adults who do not have decay or fillings in their molars.
Before placing sealants, our dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly. Each tooth is dried and cotton is placed around it to keep it dry. The teeth are slightly roughened, which helps the sealant bond to your teeth, and then the teeth are rinsed and dried. Our dentist then paints the sealant onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. A special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.
We encourage you to contact Comfort Dental Care today to learn more about sealants and to schedule an appointment with our dentist!