Dr. Scott G. Lamming uses dental sealants in San Juan Capistrano, California, as a barrier to prevent cavities. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot easily reach all the way into the depressions of the molars and premolars to remove food and plaque. Sealants protect these areas by sealing out plaque. Dental sealants can be highly advantageous for children and teenagers. Children typically have sealants placed on their premolars or permanent molars as soon as they come in. This protects the teeth through the cavity-prone time from age 6 to age 14. Sealants can also be beneficial to adults if they have no decay or fillings in their molars.
To apply sealants, our dentist thoroughly cleans the teeth to be sealed. Each of the teeth is then dried and an absorbent material is used to keep the teeth dry. A gentle acid solution is used to slightly roughen up the chewing surfaces. This helps the sealant bond to the teeth. The dentist then rinses and dries the teeth. The sealant is painted onto the teeth enamel and it bonds and hardens to the teeth.
Please call the office of Scott G. Lamming, DDS today to learn more about sealants and to schedule an appointment.