For many patients it can be difficult to reach important areas when brushing and flossing. Dental sealants in Portland can be a great way to ensure the longevity of your teeth, though they aren’t for everyone. There are many options for prolonged tooth health and at Laurelwood Dental our dentists discuss whether or not this is the right option for you or a younger patient.
Teeth have grooves called pits and fissures that are on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Some people have very deep grooves where the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach. Even with thorough brushing these grooves are still at risk for tooth decay. This is where dental sealants come in.
Sealant material is a plastic resin that bonds to the tooth, acting as a barrier to prevent bacteria and decay. This procedure requires no anesthetic and is pain free, and generally lasts 3 to 5 years. Sealants are typically placed on children’s teeth as a preventative measure; it is more common to seal “adult” or permanent teeth, than “baby” or primary teeth. Dr. Rice, Dr. Hall, Dr. Isaac Edwards recommend sealants on a case by case basis.