Brushing and flossing removes food and plaque from the teeth, but even with proper oral care, it can be difficult to properly clean the back teeth. The molars and premolars have crevices and nooks where plaque hides. This can cause cavities. If you wish for extra protection against cavities, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen may recommend dental sealants in Mesa, Arizona. Dental sealant is a plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant bonds into place, forming a shield against plaque and food particles.
To place dental sealant, our dentist will first clean the molars and premolars thoroughly. Each of the teeth is dried and an absorbent material is placed around them to keep them dry. Our dentist uses an acid solution to roughen the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This will help ensure for a strong bonding process. The back teeth are rinsed and dried again. Finally, our dentist will paint the dental sealant onto the molars and premolars and it hardens and bonds to the surface of the teeth. Sometimes, a curing light is used to aid the bonding process.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.