Though your tooth enamel is strong, dense, and durable, bacteria can burrow through the outside, creating cavities and tooth infections. It is important to establish and maintain daily flossing and brushing habits to prevent this kind of bacterial invasion, but there are other preventive measures you can take to. One protective treatment that our office, Morrison Dental Group, Richmond VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, is pleased to offer is called dental sealing. This is the process of coating your molars and premolars with a dental sealant that acts as armor against bacteria.
If you feel your four back teeth with your tongue or look at them in the mirror, you will notice small crevices and tiny points on their chewing surfaces. These teeth are called the molars and premolars, and their shape provides them with chewing and crushing power. Overall, the small divots in the back teeth are a good thing, but they can sometimes be too deep and narrow for a toothbrush to reach, so food can sometimes become stuck and become cavity-causing plaque. Of course, this debris can be removed with a deep cleaning from our dental team in Richmond VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, but we also offer dental sealants to protect the tooth from these stubborn substances.
The process of receiving dental sealants begins with a thorough cleaning with water and then a coating of a special acidic substance. This acid creates a rough surface on the tooth for the sealant to latch onto. Our dentist will then coat the tooth with the sealant substance. Depending on the sealant substance, a laser light may be used to harden the sealant. When the sealant is finished, it will act as a barrier to cover small cracks and prevent bacteria from invading them.
If you think that you may need dental sealants, you can schedule an appointment with our office Richmond VA, and Chamberlayne, VA, by calling 804-261-4020. We look forward to seeing you here!