Contact Paso Robles Dental Care today to set up an informative consultation and learn everything you need to know about dental sealants. Dr. Holbrook and his welcoming and experienced staff will impress you with our quality, comfortable, caring approach to dental health.
Even if you have good oral hygiene, you may have a cavity now and then. We can help you avoid cavities. Sealants are one of the many excellent cavity-prevention options we offer.
Preventative Dental Care in Paso Robles, California
Your toothbrush may glide over the tooth grooves, especially on the chewing surfaces of molars, where decay-causing plaque, germs, and acids tend to concentrate. These grooves can deepen over time and are responsible for about 80% of tooth cavities.
We apply sealants into the groves in a painless and simple procedure to protect your teeth from cavities. Because it is long-lasting and matches your natural tooth color, a sealant can help you improve your smile.
A dental sealant is a non-invasive preventative dentistry treatment providing a barrier between your teeth and cavities. It’s a tooth-colored plastic resin that coats and seals each tooth. Even if cavities have already formed, they can protect and strengthen teeth from further decay.
Can You Get Sealants Over Fillings?
Sealants are similar to fillings, but they don’t last as long. They prevent cavities while fillings restore damage caused by cavities. Typically, Dr. Holbrook would apply the sealant before a filling.
Extra Cavity Protection From Sealants
Sealants have been found in studies to reduce tooth decay by up to 70%. They also provide the following benefits:
- We can apply the protective layer without the need for drilling or injections.
- They are quick and simple to apply.
- There is no pain involved with application
- They are safe for people of all ages, including kids.
- They make teeth smoother and easier to clean.
The Application Process
Sealant application can take just a few minutes and will include:
- Cleaning and drying the tooth or teeth.
- Preparing the tooth surface by placing a gel on the tooth.
- Rinsing off the gel and drying the tooth.
- Placing the liquid plastic sealant within the tooth grooves.
- A special blue light to harden the protective material.
Keep Brushing After the Application
It’s important to note that even though sealants protect against cavities, this doesn’t mean they eliminate the risk of cavities. You can still get cavities. Therefore, you should still care for your teeth as normal, including regular brushing and flossing. You should also practice healthy nutritional habits to prevent cavities and see your dentist regularly.
Dental Sealants for Kids
Kids are especially prone to cavities in their early years. As a result, kids may be the best candidates for dental sealants. The sooner you start to protect your teeth, the better.
Can Adults Also Get Sealants?
Yes, adults can and should get sealants if recommended by Dr. Holbrook. If your teeth aren’t severely decayed, they may be a great option for you. We can evaluate your teeth to see if you would benefit. Teeth with deep grooves are best for sealants.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
The protective layer can wear over time. However, according to some studies, they can last you or your child several years. Dr. Holbrook can occasionally check your dental sealants. He will generally reapply them every two to four years.
Contact Us Today!
Paso Robles Dental Care is available for your dental needs in Paso Robles, California. We provide high-quality service in a professional, courteous, and relaxing setting. We’ll use cutting-edge technology and adhere to the best dental care standards.
Make an appointment with us today, and we’ll show you how sealants can help you enhance your oral health. Sealants are just one of the ways we’ll help you keep the cavities away.