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Dental Sealants Woodburn

Close up image of a baby girl with dental sealants at Mid Valley Family Dental in Woodburn, ORAt Mid Valley Family Dental, we specialize in family dentistry and dentistry for kids. We believe in caring for each member of the family.

We specialize in dental sealants for children as part of our preventive dentistry services in Woodburn, focusing on their oral health.

We strive to keep your entire family's oral health in great condition.

What are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of posterior teeth, mainly permanent molars and premolars. Dental sealants are used to prevent tooth decay.

These back teeth often have deep grooves, or fissures, that are difficult to clean effectively, especially for children, making these teeth especially susceptible to plaque buildup and bacterial growth.

If not taken care of, this can lead to cavities.

Dental sealants help protect these vulnerable areas, along with other preventive measures such as regular brushing and flossing. The sealants create a smoother chewing surface and reduce the risk of decay.

When Do We Recommend Sealants?

Dental sealants are recommended primarily to prevent tooth decay, especially in children and adolescents. Children are still learning techniques and how to maintain proper oral hygiene.

That, often mixed with a high consumption of sugar, can quickly lead to tooth decay and cavities.

By applying dental sealants over the molars, where bacteria are likely to settle otherwise, the teeth are better protected from developing cavities and decay.

Sealants help to create a barrier that prevents plaque and food particles from accumulating, reducing the risk of cavities and promoting better oral health.

Sealant Procedure

The procedure for getting dental sealants is straightforward and typically painless.

If the dentist determines in a dental exam that you or your child need dental sealants, you will first have a cleaning.

The dentist or dental hygienist will first clean the teeth to be sealed. This is done to remove any plaque or debris.

After cleaning your teeth, your teeth will be dried completely to ensure that the sealant bonds properly to the tooth surfaces.

In some cases, the tooth may be etched with a mild acid solution to create a slightly rough surface, which helps the sealant adhere better.

The sealant material will then be applied onto the chewing surface of the tooth as a liquid. It will quickly harden into a protective coating when it is exposed to a special curing light or through self-curing.

The dentist will check the sealant to ensure it has properly bonded and covers the grooves and fissures of the tooth effectively.

The procedure for dental sealants is typically painless, as it does not involve drilling or anesthesia. Some patients may experience slight pressure or discomfort during the cleaning and drying process, but it is generally well-tolerated.

The entire process usually takes only a few minutes per tooth. However, the exact time may vary depending on the number of teeth being sealed and the individual patient's circumstances. Overall, it's a quick and simple preventive measure that can provide long-lasting protection against tooth decay.

Dental Sealants in Woodburn

Dental sealants are not just recommended for children. They can help prevent tooth decay and the formation of cavities for adults as well.

If you're curious about dental sealants for you or your child, schedule an appointment with us at (503) 981-5111.

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Dental Sealants Woodburn, OR • Mid Valley Family Dental
At Mid Valley Family Dental, we specialize in several preventive services, including dental sealants. To learn more about dental sealants, call us today!
Mid Valley Family Dental, 745 Ray J. Glatt Circle, Woodburn, OR 97071-7629 • (503) 981-5111 • • 7/21/2024 • Related Terms: dentist Woodburn OR •