Protect Your Beautiful Smile
Maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine is crucial to the health of your smile. While brushing and flossing daily is essential to your oral health, there are still hard-to-reach areas in your mouth where harmful bacteria can build up. Without regular professional dental checkups, these bacteria can lead to several dental health complications, including cavities and gum disease.
Luckily, Dr. Villalobos and our Jupiter, FL dental team offer dental sealants as a preventive treatment to help patients avoid developing severe dental issues later on. Discover how dental sealants can protect your teeth and help preserve the beauty of your smile as well as improve your oral health.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are brushed onto your teeth’s surface for an added layer of protection. They’re designed from safe, durable materials that bond with the grooves of your teeth and harden to create a tight, protective seal that wards off bacteria. Sealants are white or transparent, ensuring they won’t affect the appearance of your beautiful smile.
While dental sealants are most commonly used for children’s permanent teeth, adults can benefit from this treatment as well. When you visit Dr. Villalobos, he’ll evaluate your teeth with a full mouth exam and determine if sealants would be a helpful treatment for improving your overall oral health.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Our dental sealants provide patients with multiple benefits, including:
- Protection from plaque, tartar, and food particles
- Pain-free application process
- Added support to your oral care
- Easy to repair and care for
- Long-lasting treatment
Dental Sealant Application Process
The dental sealant application process is quick, easy, and painless. Dr. Villalobos will begin by performing thorough teeth cleaning. Once he’s dried your teeth off, a bonding agent will be applied to help secure the sealants.
To finish the application process, Dr. Villalobos will brush the sealants onto your teeth and then use a special light to help them properly bond and harden. When the application is finished, you’ll leave our Jupiter office knowing that your teeth have an added layer of protection against harmful oral health issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, dental sealants are completely safe. They’re extremely effective when it comes to protecting your teeth from decay and cavities, which can spare you or your child from invasive dental procedures. The best way to avoid pesky cavities is to prevent them from forming.
While sealants are made from hardened plastic, they’re biocompatible. The levels of BPA in this plastic are minuscule so they won’t cause any harm to your teeth’s health.
Schedule your appointment with your dentist today to get started on preventive dental care.
Dental sealants can typically last at least five years before wearing down over time. At your regular dental visits, your dentists will always check the integrity of your sealants and let you know if it’s time to replace them.
To make your sealants last longer, you must take great care of your teeth and avoid certain foods. Chewing on sticky foods such as gum or taffy can harm your sealants and very hard substances like ice. Staying away from these foods and maintaining a good oral care routine can help increase the lifespan of your sealants.
Dental sealants can alleviate tooth sensitivity since the dental sealant process consists of covering your tooth. This provides an additional layer of protection for your tooth from bacteria as well as prevents acids and temperature from getting to the tooth. Dental sealants can protect your tooth from sensitivity for at least three years before needing a replacement due to normal wear and tear.
Your dental sealants should be set and ready to go after a minute or two. You don’t have to wait to eat, in fact, once you leave the dentist’s office, you’ll be able to eat. However, it’s recommended to limit food consumption that is:
These types of food can wear down your sealants and it’s more prone to chipping and falling off.
If your dental sealants have chipped or fallen off, don’t attempt to fix them yourself. It’s common for dental sealants to fall off due to normal wear and tear. It’s important to immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will assess the situation and give you a new replacement.
Dr. Villalobos is Here to Help Protect Your Smile
With dental sealants, you can rest assured knowing that your smile has an added layer of protection. To discover if you qualify for this preventive dental treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Villalobos at our Jupiter office by calling (561) 744-0677. You can also get in touch by filling out our online contact form. We’re proud to provide services to patients in Jupiter, FL as well as the surrounding areas including Hobe Sound, Limestone Creek, and Tequesta, FL.