It is pretty obvious that your back teeth look very different than your other teeth. They have ridges called cusps on them, which are designed to help you chew your food. While they are great at their jobs, those cusps are also great at trapping food particles and plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach. To protect your tooth enamel, our dentists, Dr. Chelsea Longlet, Dr. Michael Longlet, and Dr. Eric Alston, may suggest dental sealants. To learn more about dental sealants in Bend, Oregon, call 541-388-0078 to schedule your appointment at Mill Point Dental.
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. They are frequently recommended for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how our team can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.