At Antoine Dental in Houston, we believe prevention is the best dental treatment our patients can receive. For that reason, we are proud to offer dental sealants for children and adults. Dental sealants are a mainstay of preventive dentistry that can help prevent cavities in treated teeth. In many cases, dental sealants are placed over pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of molars, where plaque and tartar are more likely to collect and foster the growth of bacteria. By supporting optimal oral health, this treatment at our dental clinic in Houston can save our patients time and money in the long term.
In cavity-prone teeth, bacteria often attack the natural grooves on the chewing surfaces because of difficulty cleaning them thoroughly. The placement of sealant on these areas does not necessarily prevent accumulation of plaque and tartar, but it does guard against erosion by the acid that oral bacteria produce there.
Before placing dental sealants, your dentist at Antoine Dental cleans the teeth thoroughly with a rotating brush. After drying the teeth to be sealed, your dentist prepares those teeth with a solution so that the sealant will stick. Next, the teeth are dried again to make way for the sealant. Finally, your dentist places the sealant on the teeth and hardens it with a special light or other method depending on the type of sealant being used.
Dental sealants can last for several years depending on oral habits and exposure to acidic or hard foods. During routine exams, your dentist can check sealed teeth to determine whether re-application is warranted. If you want to make sure you and your loved ones are protected from unnecessary tooth decay, contact our Houston dental office and schedule an appointment for a dental examination and sealants. We look forward to making your smile shine!