The uneven chewing surface of your molars are designed for grinding down food for better digestion. They are also the most likely place where cavities develop. The tiny crevices are difficult to clean with a toothbrush, and even routine dental cleanings may not be enough to prevent cavities for people with a higher risk of oral health problems. Dr. Cannon offers dental sealants for adults and children alike in the Salt Lake City, UT, area.
How dental sealants work
Dental sealants are an epoxy resin used to protect the chewing surface of your teeth. It blocks plaque-forming bacteria and prevents debris build up in areas that are difficult to reach with your toothbrush. Once the sealant is placed, Dr. Cannon will shape it for a natural feel and cure it with a light to help it harden in place. The process is painless, and the only discomfort comes from the resin’s unpleasant taste, which should fade after a few rinses.
The best time for a sealing treatment is after a routine cleaning. It typically takes about 15 minutes to seal your teeth, but it is a great preventative measure.
The effectiveness of dental sealant fades over time, but patients can expect a significant reduction in cavities for around five years.
Maintaining your oral health
Dental sealants are a valuable tool that can protect your teeth, but they do not replace the need for routine exams and cleanings. You will still need to brush and floss regularly and get proper nutrition to avoid gum disease and cavities, especially on areas of your teeth that do not get dental sealant.
Your teeth cannot regenerate, and while dentists can offer treatment to preserve your teeth, severe tooth decay can mean costly dental procedures, and in some cases, tooth loss. Dr. Cannon will work with you to maintain your teeth so you can keep your natural smile for as long as possible. Contact our office in Salt Lake City, Ut today at (801) 406-9985 to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental sealants for adults.