Everyone wants to have beautiful teeth. The wise also want to maintain those beautiful teeth and to do as much as possible to prevent future dental disease.
Maintaining a dental care relationship with Orange Countyís cosmetic dentist Dr. Guyot will ensure that your teeth will be kept in excellent shape and appearance. On your regular visits, Dr. Guyot will thoroughly check your teeth, gums, TMJ, and perform an oral cancer screening. Disease prevention strategies are also addressed. Dental sealants are an excellent procedure to help prevent tooth decay.
Molar and bicuspid teeth naturally have pits and fissures on the biting surface. These are bacteria and food traps where the bristles of your tooth brush canít reach. As a result, the debris and food particles which get deposited in these places put the tooth at high risk for tooth decay.
As a treatment, Dr. Guyot can use a dental sealant to fill in the pits and fissures. Studies show this greatly decreases the chance of getting tooth decay on the biting surface of the tooth.
Dr. Guyot will generally recommend a dental sealant for your permanent molars, and bicuspids since these are the teeth most likely to benefit from sealants..
The process is not complicated and you can have it completed in a single visit. After Dr. Guyot has cleaned the surface of the affected teeth, he will disinfect it with the aid of a dental laser. This laser gets into the nooks and crevices that are difficult to reach by conventional methods. This is a simple process and there is no pain.
The tooth surface is then etched with a mild acid to ensure better bonding. Next, Dr. Guyot will flow the sealant into the grooves and over the tooth. Finally, he will apply an ultra violet light on it which will cause it to harden on to the tooth.
Sealants have a milky white color that allows easy visualization at your recare visits. You can expect sealants to provide protection from 5 to 10 years. Sealants are most effective when placed soon after tooth eruption. Once tooth decay has started a filling will be needed. Dr.Guyot will be sure to point out if a sealant is right for you.