Dental Sealants in Calgary
Our preventive resin restoration treatment will protect the teeth from decay and help to avoid the need for restorative treatment in the future.
Dental sealants use a flowable composite resin material to cover the small grooves and fissures on the surface of your chewing teeth. Premolars and molars benefit from a layer of sealant that will make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
Preventative measures against tooth decay
At Dental 360, we believe that prevention is better than cure. Regular dental exams and good oral hygiene will help to set you on the right path, but this isn’t always enough. We offer dental sealants in Calgary to help you take control of your oral health.
The surface of your chewing teeth (molars and premolars) may be covered with tiny fissures and grooves. Small enough for bacteria, but far too small for your toothbrush bristles to reach, these fissures can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
When bacteria builds up on the tooth surface, it can cause dental decay. Children’s teeth decay much quicker than adult teeth, so even a six-month dental checkup schedule might not be sufficient to catch tooth decay in time.
If left untreated, tooth decay can spread through the tooth, resulting in nerve loss and abscesses. By taking preventative steps, you can reduce the risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.
Dental sealants may be placed once the tooth erupts above the surface of the gum. This will help to protect the tooth and reduce the need for future restorative treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment or extraction.
The dental sealant procedure
The sealant procedure is very simple and does not require any local anesthetic.
The surface of the tooth is cleaned and flushed out to ensure no bacteria can remain. It’s important to remove all bacteria before placing the composite resin. This step will ensure a cavity cannot form below the resin.
The flowable composite material is prepared to match the colour of the existing tooth. This helps to keep your dental sealants discreet. Once in place and the fissures are sealed, the resin is cured with UV light. This creates a strong and resilient dental surface.
Once placed, you can care for your teeth as you normally would. Regular dental exams should continue as normal to ensure that loose or chipped resin material can be replaced.
With sealants, keep in mind…
Dental sealants should not be used in place of regular brushing. This treatment cannot eliminate the risk of a dental cavity forming, so your child should still be encouraged to brush their teeth thoroughly every day.
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If you think that a dental sealant may be something that you need, please let us have a look. We'll help you make the right choice.
Frequently asked questions about dental sealants in Calgary
Dental sealants or preventive resin restoration can help to protect teeth in the long-term. By sealing small fissures (grooves) in the teeth, you can help to prevent the build-up of bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Sealants may be placed at any age to help protect natural teeth, but they are most common and most effective for children. Children and young people may struggle the most to maintain good oral hygiene. They are also most likely to snack throughout the day. This combination of factors can make tooth decay more likely.
When placed correctly, dental sealants should last as long as a filling. The material used to fill the fissures is a free-flowing resin. This needs a large surface area to attach to, so the preparation work is key to good adhesion. Dr. Meyer takes the time to clean and prepare the surface to help create a strong bond between the resin and the tooth.
No, a sealant should not damage the natural tooth. A small amount of tooth enamel may be removed to help clean the tooth surface. No local anesthetic or freezing is required for the procedure. Sealants are not the same as fillings, as very little tooth material should be removed to place the resin material.
If you are concerned about cavities, dental sealants can offer some reassurance. Some people are more prone to fissures and grooves on their teeth than others. Dental sealants may be placed at any age, so don’t let your age hold you back.