WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?
Sealants are thin, pliable, plastic materials that can be applied to the tops of the molars and premolars. Dental sealants work to block out bacteria, food particles, plaque, and tartar, which can prevent the buildup that eventually leads to tooth decay. This simple but effective treatment is especially helpful for children and teens who have yet to develop cavities in their back teeth. With proper care, sealants can last for a long time and save you or your children from having to undergo more costly or invasive treatments in the long run. To find out if dental sealants are a good choice for you or your family, get in touch with our office, Oakridge Dental, in Farmington, UT. Family dentist Dr. Brian Call and his team will utilize their years of oral care experience to provide you with all of the answers you need.
"Brian Call is a great dentist. I've known him for many years and fully trust him with my teeth. His practice has grown over the years but his caring attitude has never changed, he's great."- D.G. / Google / Dec 06, 2022
"The hygienists are all friendly and well trained, and I usually see Dr. Jackson for my dentist. I bring my toddler there too, and regardless if the appointment is for her or for myself, the staff is accepting and friendly towards both of us, which is so relieving. My appointments usually go smoothly and quickly, but for the longer work, they let you watch shows on a TV mounted to the ceiling."- E.S. / Google / Dec 02, 2022
"We love going to Oakridge Dental. Super nice, clean and friendly. Staff is wonderful and always helpful and cheerful. Back office hygienist’s are awesome. All so nice. Dr. Call is super nice and always remembers something about you. We have been going to him for years and so glad we do. Not to mention that their office is close and convenient. Thanks for all you guys do"- A.J. / Google / Nov 30, 2022
"This was my first time at Oakridge Dental and I couldn't have be happier! The front desk was so helpful and my hygienist-Taylor was fantastic! She was very thorough and explained each step of what was being done. I would highly recommend."- R.J. / Google / Nov 25, 2022
"I was impressed with how informative and thorough they were. In addition to that, I felt like I was a person that they were wanting to take care of rather than just a number to get in and out the door. This was how much better experience than I have had in the past few years at other dentists"- G.C. / Google / Nov 21, 2022
WHO NEEDS DENTAL SEALANTS?
Great candidates for dental sealants are patients prone to developing cavities, especially in the top crevices of the teeth. Generally, sealants are recommended for children and teens who have yet to develop ideal brushing habits and require additional preventive measures to keep tooth decay at bay. Since the application process of dental sealants is quick and easy, no sedation is required, which makes the treatment great for individuals of any age.
HOW ARE DENTAL SEALANTS DONE?
During your appointment, Dr. Call will examine your teeth to accurately determine if dental sealants could be a good option for your oral health. Before the application, we will clean and polish your enamel to remove any built-up bacteria, tartar, and plaque. From there, Dr. Call or one of our highly skilled hygienists will brush on the sealant material and let it cure, or set, using a light. Once your sealants are set, we will check to make sure it has settled in the correct position and that your bite is comfortable.
Following your treatment, you should be able to resume your normal activities. It is important that you follow a good oral hygiene routine that includes brushing your teeth two times each day, flossing, and using mouthwash. You should try to avoid putting pressure on your back teeth or eating sticky foods. When properly cared for, dental sealants may last for years. During your yearly comprehensive examination at Oakridge Dental, Dr. Call will determine if your sealants should be applied again.
PROTECT YOUR MOLARS FROM DECAY
You or your child could benefit from dental sealants to maintain general dental health. Sealants are a great way to prevent tooth decay and the procedures needed to address them, such as fillings. A relatively easy and quick procedure, sealants can help you and your family have easier, more enjoyable dental visits in the future, as well as improved oral health. If you would like to learn more about sealants, contact our Farmington, UT office to book an appointment with Dr. Call.