327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

(203) 227-3421

Professional Dental Sealants in Westport, CT

Dental sealants are important for children and adults who are prone to cavities. Sealants act as a shield and are placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars), acting as a barrier against decay-causing bacteria. They are particularly effective in the molars because these teeth have deep grooves that are hard to clean, making them vulnerable to decay. 

When you visit Esthetic Dental Group of Westport, CT, expect to receive excellent dental sealant treatment. They are professionally placed to provide you with the ultimate protection against cavities.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Sealants consist of a thin, plastic coating on the molars and premolars’ surface. Once applied, this protective layer hardens, seamlessly fitting into the nooks and crannies of the tooth surface. This process shields the enamel from plaque and acids, preventing the development of cavities.
Sealants are also clear or slightly tinted, making them virtually invisible in the mouth. The quick, painless, and non-invasive procedure offers a long-lasting defense against tooth decay. Sealants are usually recommended for children and teenagers, whose eating habits may put them at higher risk for cavities, but adults can benefit from them as well.

The Process of Getting Dental Sealants

  • Cleaning. We start by cleaning the teeth, after which we will apply the sealants. This ensures that all plaque, bacteria, and food debris are removed.
  • Drying. After washing the teeth, we will dry the treated teeth. We use absorbent material to keep the area dry. 
  • Applying Acid Solution. Our dentist applies an acid solution on the chewing surface of the teeth to help the sealant bond to the teeth. This solution creates a rougher surface that binds the sealant well to the tooth.
  • Rinsing and Drying. We will rinse off the acid solution and dry the teeth again.
  • Application of Sealant. Our dentist ‘paints’ the sealant onto the enamel, which bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This sealant can either be a liquid or a gel.
  • Curing Light. We use a special blue curing light that we run over the teeth with the sealant to help the sealant harden.
  • Checking and Polishing. Finally, our dentist will check the sealant to ensure it has formed a protective covering over the indentations. We may also polish the teeth to make them feel normal in the mouth.
  • Post-Procedure Instructions. After the procedure, the dentist usually provides some instructions to follow. Though there are no major restrictions, avoiding overly sticky or hard foods for a couple of days is often recommended.

Signs You Need Dental Sealants

  • Prone to Dental Decay. One of the most apparent signs you need dental sealants is if you are prone to dental cavities and decay. If your dental history indicates you frequently develop cavities, we may recommend sealants as a preventative measure.
  • Deep Pits and Fissures in Teeth. The structure of your teeth could determine if you need dental sealants. If your teeth have deep fissures and pits, food and bacteria can easily get trapped, causing tooth decay. Our dental sealants can provide extra protection in such cases.
  • Poor Oral Hygiene. If maintaining regular and proper oral hygiene is challenging for you due to physical inability or irregular routine, dental sealants can act as a protective barrier, reducing the risk of cavities.
  • Frequent Consumption of Sugary or Acidic Foods. Consuming acidic or sugary foods and drinks causes tooth erosion and decay. If you have a diet high in these substances, dental sealants can provide additional protection to your teeth.
  • Enamel Defects. If the enamel on your permanent back teeth isn’t healthy, we may recommend a sealant to provide an external protective layer to prevent bacteria and acid erosion.

Get Your Dental Sealants at Esthetic Dental Group of Westport

Don’t let cavities affect your smile! Protect your teeth right now with our high-quality dental sealants. At EDGW, we offer you the best preventive care to ensure your smile remains healthy and clean. Our dentists can make the process quick, painless, and effective, using state-of-the-art technology to protect your teeth against decay. 

Schedule your appointment with one of our dentists and take a step towards a healthier smile through dental sealants!

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