What is a Sealant

One of the best ways to help with oral health and wellness is actually to stay on top of our treatment. While brushing and flossing each day can help you with this, there is one thing that actually will help with keeping cavities at bay, and tat’s fluoride and sealants.  You may be familiar with these, but what is a sealant, and why do dentists keep recommending it? Well, read on to find out.

A sealant is a composite material that’s put in the grooves of the chewing areas of the teeth, called the premolars and the molars.  There are occasions where the back surfaces may have these grooves, but they’re rare. But, said grooves are so narrow that the toothbrush bristles can’t get in there to help clean these out in a proper manner.

Now, in order to help protect the bacteria from creating a cavity, we seal the area so that it’s easier to clean with a toothbrush.  Some sealants do have BPA in them, but most tend to be BPA free.

Typically, sealants are good for both kids and adults.  If there is a permanent tooth somewhere, or a place where there isn’t ever cavities and it’s got grooves and pits in it, a sealant should be placed there to prevent future cavities.

Sealants are placed in the following way: first, the surface is cleaned. If the tooth has staining, you may get an enameloplasty, and usually, it removes most of the stain to prevent any decay that is hidden from hiding further.

From there, the solution is etched there to adhere better, and from there it’ll be rinsed and dried.  You then create a dry area by placing cotton or the suction on the tooth. The sealant won’t bond well if the tooth isn’t kept dry.

From there, the place is painted and primed, and it will keep the sealant within the place, and from there the sealant is painted on, and the teeth are flossed so that material isn’t between the teeth.

They are may be checked with floss again, and the bite is also checked too in or see to make sure the sealant isn’t interfering with the bite itself, and from there, the sealant may be further shaved down until the bite is normalized.

So how do you take care of them?  Essentially, they require normal care you do at home, including brushing and flossing daily, and from there you can rinse with water after each meal so that you can prevent foods from being stuck there.

Typically, the sealants last for several years, but it does depend on the foods that you eat too. If you eat foods that tend to be harder, you may chip off sooner than you think because of that. If you tend to eat foods that are chewy and such, it may come off sooner.

Finally, you may wonder if they’re covered by insurance. The answer is yes, but it depends on conditions, such as they may only do molars, and up to a certain age.  You can always take to your health insurance provider if you need sealant coverage, and whether or not it is indeed covered. Plus, you can also talk to your dentist too if you have further questions. They also may be able to do payment plans too, so if you’re curious about this, you can always find out more.  They do have ways that can help you, you just need to look for them.

When it comes to sealants, you should definitely consider them, and from reading this, chances are you may do so. If that’s the case, remember to always talk to your provider, and your dentist. They are a great way to prevent cavities and such, and if you want to properly maintain the health of the teeth, you’ll definitely get the chance to do so with this. A dentist can give you a good exam too in case if you feel like you want to learn more about it, and from there, you’ll be able to learn a whole lot about it, and you’ll be able to prevent your teeth from getting worse as well.

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What to Expect When You Are Having Your First Dental Implant

Just like any other surgical procedure, getting a dental implant can be hurtful for quite some time. This is surely what you need to expect from this procedure but it’s not something you need to worry about. You just need to relax.

Here, it would be worth mentioning what exactly you need to expect. The dental implant may be complicated but if you set the expectations after getting complete details about the procedure from dentist, it should make a huge difference.

Here is the brief detail about dental implant procedure.

X-rays

In order to start the procedure of dental implant for a successful completion, you need to make sure that proper imaging of your teeth is being done. X-ray and 3D CT scan are the most popular methods of getting details images of teeth and gums.

Impression of teeth structure

It’s another very important part of the entire procedure. Impression is taken in order to ensure that implant along with the crown is going to fit in the teeth alignment in normal way. Teeth impression basically helps the oRtHodOntist  to know exact position where implant has to be penetrated, and then the positioning of crown in order to make sure that there is no problem in biting and chewing. Impression is taken by you biting the moldable plastic which takes the shape of your teeth in both the upper and lower jaw.

Tooth extraction

If the tooth still exists in the place where you want the implant installed, you first need to get the tooth extracted. This procedure sounds like a painful one, but careful handling can make is smoother. Usually, anesthesia is used for sedation. During the sedation, tooth is extracted. If the patient is not unconscious, he/she may feel a pressure of tooth being extracted, but there wouldn’t be any pain until the senses return in the sedated area.

Placement of implant

This is the main process of implantation. After the tooth has been extracted, dentist will drill a hole in the jawbone. This process is not very painful because it will be done under the effects of sedation.

After the hole is drilled, the denTist will insert a metallic implant deeper in the jawbone. This implant essentially works as the tooth root.

Sometimes, the jawbone doesn’t have the capability to hold implant. In this scenario, bone grafting is done to create some area which would hold implant.

Crown

After the placement of implant, it’s a general procedure that you will have to wait for a few days for the complete recovery of jawbone and gums. After that, dentist will attach the crown on the top of implant. After the crown is installed, the dentist may tell you not to put much pressure on the crown in order to let the implant get fused with the bone properly. Once it will be fused, it should be ready to give the functionality and look that of the normal tooth.

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