Dental Sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) where decay occurs more often.
Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach.
Dental Sealants are recognized as an effective approach to preventing pit and fissure caries in children and teens.
Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before reapplication is need it. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of this sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Children and adults can benefit from Sealants in the fight against tooth decay.
Prevention is better than cure
Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
Your teeth are continuously in contact with the saliva of the oral cavity. Calcium and other substances present in the saliva help in strengthening and protecting the teeth. The one disadvantage of calcium is it tends to deposit on the surface of teeth which overtime builds up to form calculus of tartar. This tartar or plaque build-up near the gum or between the gaps of teeth provides an environment suitable for bacteria to colonise.
These bacteria can cause severe gum inflammation and even destroy the gum and bone tissue thereby causing the teeth to shift or fall out. The bacteria may also enter the blood circulation and infect other organs of your body.
Teeth cleaning and polishing helps in removing these bacterial colonies that have been deposited over time in the form of plaque or tartar. Teeth cleaning or prophylaxis will be performed by one of our dentist if gum disease is suspected or during a regular dental visit. Steps of teeth cleaning include:
Your dentist at I love mydentist® will first use an ultrasonic vibrating instrument to loosen large particles of tartar attached to the teeth. Areas around the gum line or pockets may be cleaned to removed the debris attached to them.
After large particles or tartar are removed, your dentist at I love mydentist® will use curved shaped hand tools called scalers and curettes to scrape smaller particles and smooth the tooth’s surface.
After the cleaning or prophylaxis is done, your dentist at I love mydentist®, will use a special gritty material to polish the teeth with the help of a soft spinning cup like instrument.
Your dentist at I love mydentist® may then apply fluoride or antibacterial medication at the end of the procedure to strengthen the teeth or help faster healing of the gum pockets. Routine dental X-rays may be ordered to monitor progression of gum disease in the future.
Prophylaxis is a beneficial dental procedure that maintains the health of your teeth and prevents gum disease. Some of the benefits include:
- Removal of tartar and build-up of plaque
- Removing stains from the teeth’s surface
- Resolving halitosis (bad breath)
Your dentist at I love mydentist® may recommend teeth cleaning at least twice a year but it is advised to have the procedure done every 3-4 months in patients prone to gum disease. Regular cleaning or prophylaxis is effective to keep bacterial infection away and prevent periodontal disease and gingivitis.