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.