Dr. Sorelle or Dr. Boe applies dental sealants to premolars and molars to provide an added layer against decay. Children and adolescents are more prone to cavities and tend to be ideal candidates for sealants, although adults can also benefit from sealants.
If you’re interested in getting sealants for your child or yourself, please contact our experienced dentist near you for a consultation.
Rear teeth like molars and premolars have more grooves and fissures compared to other teeth in the oral cavity. The pitted and rough surface makes them more vulnerable to decay. Back teeth are also more prone to decay as it’s difficult to brush and floss them properly.
The pits on the molars are often deep and narrower than even a single toothbrush bristle. As a result, plaque develops in these teeth, and the bacteria release acids that attack the tooth enamel. Dental sealants near you encase the molars and premolars with a smooth, hard surface that prevents plaque build-up.
While sealants protect the rear teeth, they cannot prevent the onset of decay in other parts of the oral cavity.
Our skilled dentist in Tampa, FL applies dental sealants in a few minutes, and the process is completed in a single appointment. We do not need to file away tooth structure to accommodate the sealant, and the tooth does not need numbing.
Here’s how we apply dental sealants:
We will clean and dry the tooth with the help of cotton or other absorbent material.
Our dentist will apply an acidic gel to roughen the surface; this is done to help the sealant adhere to the tooth surface.
Dr. Sorelle or Dr. Boe rinses and dries the tooth and applies the liquid sealant carefully onto the chewing surface.
We apply a sealant to the first molars and premolars when the chewing surface has erupted beyond the gum line. Our trained dentist at Westbay Dental applies a second coating of sealants when the child gets the second set of molars between 11-13 years of age.