Dental sealants in Rego Park, NY are thin plastic coatings that are usually applied to the occlusal (chewing) surface of the back teeth (molars and premolars). Teeth have grooves and depressions in them, and the back molars can be especially tricky to clean. Toothbrushes and floss, and even mouthwashes, can leave traces of food debris and plaque behind, potentially leading to tooth decay. Dental sealants fill in these grooves and cover them over to form a protective barrier between the teeth and harmful substances. Sealants are usually recommended for adolescents, as they are at a higher risk for cavities than adults. Teeth must be fully erupted beyond the gums to receive dental sealants.
To apply sealants, the teeth being treated must first be cleaned thoroughly. They will be rinsed and dried before having an acidic solution applied to them to be etched. This means that the solution will create small microscopic areas in the tooth surface to make it slightly rougher and help the sealants to adhere better to the teeth. The solution will then be rinsed away and the teeth will be dried again. The dental sealants will be applied in a liquid form and hardened with a special light. Once this process is completed, they will become a hard plastic varnish coating. Though the teeth can then be used again as normal (there is no recovery time necessary, as with some other dental procedures), it is recommended that you avoid eating, drinking, or rinsing for about half an hour after the procedure to allow the sealants to set completely.
It is important to note that teeth that have been treated with dental sealants can still be at risk for tooth decay if good oral hygiene habits are not kept. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily. To give your teeth an extra level of protection against tooth decay, contact Beautiful Smiles in Rego Park to receive dental sealants near you in areas like Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Middle Village, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Maspeth, Whitestone, Flushing, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, East Elmhurst, Sunnyside, College Point, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill and Long Island City, NY.