Dental Sealants in El Paso, Texas
At the dental office of Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DDS, Inc, we intend to prevent cavities before they can cause any damage to your teeth. To do this, we offer dental sealants to our patients at their regular check-ups twice a year at our El Paso office.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied onto the top of the tooth’s surface, generally the back teeth. They are used to prevent decay and guard the enamel of each tooth that they are painted on. Our dental team knows that even if you brush and floss regularly, it is unlikely that all food and plaque are removed. Sometimes, food and bacteria hide in the grooves of the teeth, especially molars. Sealants defend these exposed areas by stopping food and plaque from getting there in the first place.
Candidates for Sealants
Children and teenagers are especially good candidates for sealants. Children should get sealants on their permanent back teeth once they have erupted from the gum. This way, dental sealants can prevent cavities from forming through their early teens since sealants can guard teeth against decay and cavities for a decade. It is important to have them inspected at regular dental appointments to check for chips or wear-and-tear. However, at our El Paso dental office, we think that everyone can and should reap the benefits of dental sealants. Cavities can occur at any age, and our goal is always to have your teeth prepared.
Dental Sealants Procedure
Getting dental sealants is a quick and easy solution that protects your teeth for years. The entire process is pain-free. Some patients say that their teeth feel smoother after having dental sealants applied but never any pain or discomfort. Each tooth that will be sealed is thoroughly cleaned. Then the dental sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, the surface of the tooth. It adheres the tooth directly and hardens. Sometimes, a special dental light is used to cure the sealant and help it harden.
Our dentist, Dr. Apilado, wants your smile to be the healthiest, brightest it can be. Call our office at 915-855-4200 to schedule an appointment or for more information today.