Perhaps you have heard of dental sealants, but you never quite understood their purpose. Or maybe your dentist is recommending dental sealants, and you are unsure whether or not you actually need them. This is why it is important to work with a dentist you know and trust to provide the best recommendations for your smile—including the application of dental sealants.

What are dental sealants?

The team at Summit Dental of La Mesa in La Mesa, California, describes dental sealants as treatments for both children and adults to prevent the formation of cavities or tooth decay. In other situations, a dentist may recommend a sealant for sensitive teeth, reducing sensations that can make enjoying certain foods uncomfortable. Sealants are a preventive step in protecting natural teeth and tooth enamel while reducing the risk of developing cavities. This is why it is a popular treatment for children, as many children are not thorough in brushing and flossing their teeth. Sealants are essentially a barrier that offers an extra layer of protection to maintain a healthy smile.

What can I expect during a sealant application?

Below are the steps taking to place a dental sealant:

  • The patient has a thorough cleaning performed on the teeth
  • Teeth are dried thoroughly and then roughened with a special acidic agent
  • Teeth are rinsed and dried
  • The sealant is applied to the teeth and dried
  • A UV light is used to cure the sealant and dry it faster

Patients who are interested in how to prevent cavities will also be educated on good oral hygiene habits, including flossing, brushing, and routine dental visits. With sealants, many patients can keep their teeth healthy and strong longer than with traditional dental care alone. This makes dental sealants a smart investment.

Discuss your needs with the team at Summit Dental of La Mesa

Patients of the La Mesa, California area who want to learn more about sealants for sensitive teeth and to protect the teeth from decay are encouraged to book a consultation visit with Drs. Richard Evans and Christine Allen by calling (619) 494-2492. The practice is conveniently located at 8530 La Mesa Boulevard in Suite #204 and accepts new patients.