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About 30 percent of school-aged kids miss classes due to dental problems (with cavities being the most common cause). Ninety percent of Americans over the age of 20 have had tooth decay. Would you like to reduce that risk by up to 80 percent in teeth most prone to caries? Then it is time to talk with Justin C. Cress, DDS in Twin Falls about dental sealants.

What is tooth sealant?

Molars are the large, flat-topped teeth at the back of the mouth, designed for grinding food. The chewing surface of each molar has grooves, pits, and bumps. This unusual topography traps bits of food. Oral bacteria feast on it. As they flourish and multiply, they produce acidic waste that eats holes in tooth enamel, eventually resulting in tooth decay and requiring costly dental repair.

Dental sealant is a clear liquid formulated with BPA-safe plastic. Applied to a molar, it seals enamel irregularities, keeping microscopic debris, bacteria, and plaque out.

Dental sealants – a painless procedure in Twin Falls

The process takes only a few minutes, and there is no associated discomfort:

  • Sealant bonds best to a clean tooth. It can be applied immediately after a regular dental cleaning, or specific teeth may be cleaned for treatment.
  • Teeth are isolated with a rubber dam to keep them free of saliva.
  • A conditioning agent is applied to ensure a strong bond.
  • After a few seconds, teeth are rinsed and dried.
  • A thin bonding agent is applied.
  • Sealant is painted onto the chewing surfaces of molars or applied with a syringe.
  • After a few seconds, sealant is cured with a special light for about half a minute.

There is no downtime – you may eat normally after treatment. There are no subsequent dietary restrictions. However, avoiding hard, sticky, or chewy foods (chomping on ice or hard candy, or sucking on caramels and gummy candies) could shorten the functional lifespan of the sealant. In most cases, sealant to prevent cavities lasts about five years and molars can easily be re-treated.

Grown-ups get cavities, too. Especially those who use tobacco or have a genetic predisposition to soft tooth enamel. Dental sealants for adults help to keep teeth healthy for life. Call (208) 544-4848 to learn more about this cost-effective prevention technique available to patient in Hailey, Jerome, Kimberly, and Buhl.

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