Just about every time we send food back through our mouth, it ends up spending some time on the chewing surface of our back teeth. So, before those surfaces start to wear down, applying a dental sealant from Berkeley Hills Dentistry is a great preventative step to take to make sure you can enjoy all the foods you love for the rest of your life.
What are Dental Sealants?
Made of a quick-to-harden resin, dental sealants are applied to the rough, grooved chewing surfaces on our molars and premolars. This thin paste is carefully laid into the depressions on those surfaces and then dried to give your seal plenty of strength. Dental sealants don’t affect the food you can eat and they should feel almost identical to the natural surface after they are placed because they meld to the enamel in your teeth.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Anyone is a candidate for dental sealants, including children, so long as you have healthy teeth. More and more patients are choosing to get sealants at a young age to fend off decay, and that’s smart because once the back teeth start to decay it’s going to be too late for a sealant to be applied. If those teeth are already weakened your only solution may be a more invasive and expensive one.
Why Would I Need Dental Sealants?
Like anything else that gets so much use, over time the bacteria and acids in the foods we eat can start to decay our back teeth. Paying extra attention to those areas while brushing and making regular visits to our office for a cleaning are helpful to stave this off as long as you can, but there are some deeper depressions in these teeth that are nearly impossible to reach. For those areas, dental sealants are an added layer of protection to keep out plaque and other decay causing agents. For questions about dental sealants in Berkeley, CA give us a call at (510) 527-9564.