Dental Sealants Payson UT
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues with both children and adults. While the best way to prevent cavities through efficient brushing and flossing, there are areas of the mouth that are more susceptible to decay. Molars, found in the back of the mouth, are hard to reach and consist of deep grooves and crevices where bacteria and food particles can become trapped. Dental sealants from Gunnerson Dental in Payson, UT, are an effective protective coating for teeth that can help prevent cavities from developing.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a clear, protective coating that is put on molars to prevent the formation of cavities. While they are most commonly used on children, dental sealants can be used for both adults and kids alike. Once the sealant material is painted over the biting surface of the teeth, it blocks food debris, bacteria, and plaque from accumulating in the grooves and crevices where it can eat away at the enamel. At Gunnerson Dental, we recommend sealants because they are fast, effective, painless, and affordable.
The dental sealant process
Having sealants put on the molars is a quick process that is usually done during a routine dental exam and cleaning. Having sealants put on at this time is recommended because your teeth are already thoroughly cleaned.
After the cleaning, we thoroughly dry the teeth and apply a special solution that will roughen up the tooth to allow the sealant to stick to the tooth better. Next, we apply the sealant covering to the tooth and harden it with a special curing light. The last step is to polish and shape the tooth so that the sealant looks natural and does not affect the bite.
The benefits of dental sealants
- Save money – Cavities can be expensive by applying sealants early, you can save money on future fillings or restorative dental work.
- Save time – Having a cavity filled requires making an additional appointment at the dentist’s office. By preventing cavities, you can reduce the amount of time you have to spend in the dental chair.
- Improve health – A history of tooth decay can increase your risk for other health conditions. By using dental sealants, you are being proactive about your oral health and overall wellness.
To schedule an appointment for you or your kids at Gunnerson Dental, give us a call at (801) 658-0175. We serve the areas of Payson, Elk Ridge, Mapleton, Woodland Hills, Springville, Salem and Spanish Fork.