Dental Sealants in Ottawa, ON
Each one of our teeth are very unique, with their own pits and grooves throughout them. And as much as we try to keep them clean, these pits and grooves can often be difficult to clean properly and can end up leaving food particles behind, making them more vulnerable to decay. But thanks to sealants, we can prevent this from occurring, while preventing food from getting stuck on the surface of teeth in the future. Dental sealants smooth out the surface of teeth, making them easier to clean and drastically reducing the likelihood of decay.
This is a service available in Little Italy, Downtown Ottawa. Dentists at our Preston Street location are here for your dental sealant needs.
What is a Dental Sealant?
Most of our pits and grooves lie along the surface of our molars – the teeth that are most commonly used for chewing our food. To fill in these fissures, a thin, clear or white plastic coating is applied to the teeth where the grooves are present. The sealant is painted on as a liquid, and after a short period of time, it forms into a solid material that acts as a shield for the tooth.
Why are Dental Sealants Necessary?
Sealants are most commonly used to treat vulnerable areas of teeth in order to prevent tooth decay. Since your back teeth work extra hard at chewing up our food, they often require additional protection against bacteria. This could potentially prevent a future dental emergency. The process is simple and can prevent other oral problems from developing in the future such as cavities, which can be more costly and lead to more invasive procedures in the long-run.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants have a long lifespan and usually last for three to five years after the initial application. However, your dentist will continuously examine them and keep an eye on how they are holding up against your daily chewing activities to make sure they’re still intact. Eventually, they can begin to wear, at which point your dentist will simply touch up the area with more sealant or replace it altogether with a new treatment.
What to Do if You Need Dental Sealants?
If you’re worried about any of your teeth, talk to us at Dow’s Lake Dental Clinic in Little Italy. Dentists at our Preston Street location take pride in offering professional services in a comfortable and approachable atmosphere. Reach out to us today, so we can address your concerns and discuss the best course of action so you can enjoy a healthy, vibrant smile.