At Hazeldean Dental Group in Kanata, we use dental sealants to help reduce deep grooves in teeth where cavities are most likely to occur.
Sealants are a clear or white plastic that is placed in the grooves of the biting surfaces of back teeth. Back teeth have deep grooves and pits that are very difficult to keep clean. Plaque, which is a nearly invisible film of bacteria and food, collects in these grooves.
Every time you eat, the bacteria in plaque forms acid. Without sealants, these acid may attack and can cause the enamel to break down and decay. This decay could lead to a cavity and if left unchecked, an infection of the soft tissue of your tooth that can lead to the loss of your tooth.
To place sealants, we will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth. A conditioning solution is applied, and then the sealant material is brushed into the grooves of the teeth.
Some types of sealants harden on their own, while others harden when exposed to a special light. Sealants are an important part of a preventive dental care program.