If you have any concerns or are simply curious about how sealants are applied, we are happy to explain the process. Getting a sealant is as harmless as it is fast.
First, the dentist, our very own Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt, will clean the tooth or teeth they is treating. Once that is done, they will dry the tooth or teeth to prepare it for an acidic gel.
The acidity of the gel is not strong enough to cause any harm to your teeth or your mouth, nor will it hurt. Its main purpose is to make the surface of the teeth a little rougher. This roughness helps the sealant stay bonded to the teeth by giving it more grip. Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt will then rinse away the gel and dry the treated area again.
Once that is done, the sealant will be applied. It is a very thin layer of a plastic mixed with other materials that can go in your mouth safely. Our dentist will then harden the seal by shining a blue light made especially for this purpose over the treated areas.
This process should only take up a few minutes of your time. The sealant will be see-through, and you will not be able to feel it. Its presence should not be noticeable.
Generally, sealants last about ten years. You should be able to eat normally without wearing down the seal too fast, although things like trying to open stiff and stubborn food packaging with your teeth or other similar factors could wear down the seal faster. Our dentist can easily apply the sealant again if needed.
If you would like to know if sealants are the right choice for you, come visit us at Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry in Sandston, Virginia. If you would rather call, you can reach us at 804-737-4444. We are happy to help you in any way.