Dental sealants: Seal away your teeth and protect them against cavities

TOOTH SEALANTS IN SAN CLEMENTE, ORANGE COUNTY, CA

Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

Fax: (949) 481-2544

email: dr@oceansightdental.com

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What are dental sealants?

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You dentist will place sealants on baby teeth with deep groves to protect them against cavity bugs

Dental sealants are tooth-colored, plastic coatings which are placed to protect teeth against cavities. Typically, sealants are placed on baby teeth with deep groves to protect them against cavity bugs. Sealants resemble small white filling. Placing a sealant on a tooth essentially seals off access to the inner tooth structure. Dentists use sealants to protect baby molar teeth which have deep groves. These teeth are very susceptible to developing cavities because it’s hard for children to reach far back when cleaning their teeth.

Dental sealants are a proven and effective preventive treatment. Placing sealants is easy, painless and takes just minutes to complete. We highly recommend you consider placing sealants on your children’s teeth to avoid cavities and infection. If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, give us a call today. We can be reached at (949) 481-2540 or you can schedule an appointment for your child online by clicking here. We are located in San Clemente, Orange County and offer sealant treatment as well as routine care for your child. Contact us today to learn more.

What is a sealant procedure like?

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Placing dental sealants takes just minutes but sealants help protect your teeth for years to come

Placing sealants is a very simple procedure, no more difficult than getting a routine dental cleaning. Unlike fillings, placing a sealant does not even require any sort of anesthesia or tooth removal. Plus, placing dental sealants takes just minutes but sealants help protect your teeth for years to come. To learn more, give us a call today at (949) 481-2540 or come in to our San Clemente dental office to meet us and have your questions answered.

Typically, we recommend placing sealants on the most distally positioned teeth. Children have the hardest time cleaning these far positioned molar teeth. We recommend applying a set of dental sealants at about 6 to 7 years onto your 1st molar teeth and a second set of sealants at age 11 to 12 onto your 2nd molar teeth. Some dentists only place sealants on adult molar while others recommend applying sealants onto baby teeth as well. Regardless, we highly recommend that you consider placing sealants on your children’s teeth to better protect them against cavities.

What are the benefits of placing sealants on baby teeth?

Sealants have been proven very effective in fighting off cavity bugs in children. WE highly recommend you consider placing sealants on their teeth to avoid more serious problems down the line. Here some benefits of placing sealants on children’s teeth:

Reduced risk of developing dental cavities

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Deep groves on back teeth are very susceptible to developing cavities in children

The main purpose of dental sealants is to protect children’s teeth against dental cavities. Deep groves on back teeth are very susceptible to developing cavities, especially in children. The alternative to placing a sealant would be to wait and see if these teeth develop cavities. However, should this happen, you now require a filling or possibly root canal treatment! Placing a dental sealant is much easier, quicker and more economical in comparison. Plus, sealant visits are simple and virtually painless. The same can not be said of fillings and root canal procedures!

Providing a positive dental experience

Another benefit of dental sealants is that they help create a positive dental experience for children. If your child’s first visit for dental work involves needles and pain, this could lead to an everlasting fear of the dentist. On the other hand, a 15-minute pain-free sealant visit is an excellent way of introducing your child to the dentist. This helps your child overcome his or her fear of the dentist and creates a good relationship with their dentist.

Are there any risks with placing dental sealants on teeth?

There are no risk whatsoever with placing dental sealants on teeth. Placing sealants is simple, easy and pain-free. Plus, dental sealants are fully reversible since there is no actual tooth removal involved. This means that sealants do not harm your teeth in any way. They usually stay on your teeth and protect them for several years before falling off. By the time you’re an adult your sealants have typically dissolved away, having served their purpose.

Dental sealants in San Clemente, Orange County

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We can place their sealants right away to help seal away those cavity bugs for good!

Schedule your appointment with us today to learn more about dental sealants. Call us at (949)481-2540 or book your appointment online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will examine your child’s teeth to determine if he or she is a good candidate for dental sealants. We can place their sealants right away to help seal away those cavity bugs for good! Don’t wait for your child’s teeth to develop cavities or infections! Contact us today to see how we can help protect their teeth with dental sealants and other preventive dental care.

Definition of General Dentistry Terminology

Abscess (cyst)

A pus pocket containing harmful bacteria that forms around infected teeth. Teeth with abscess are considered infected and they either need root canal treatment or must be extracted.

Amalgam (silver filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities. Amalgam is silver colored and contains Mercury. As a filling material, Amalgam is durable and effective. However, there are some concerns about the safety of using Mercury to restore teeth.

Bicuspid tooth

Refer to premolar tooth please.

Canine tooth (cuspid or eye tooth)

A strong, pointed tooth with a single cusp used to direct other teeth as we chew side-to-side. Canine teeth are very strong and typically outlast all other teeth as we age. We have 4 total canines, teeth numbers: 6, 11, 22 and 27.

Cavity (decay)

A hole inside a tooth created by harmful cavity bugs. Dental cavities can cause slight tooth sensitivity, particularly to cold and sweets. They can also be asymptomatic. If left untreated, dental cavities infiltrate the tooth pulp and cause abscess and infection.

Composite resin (white filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities and broken teeth. Composite resin is safe, effective and matches your tooth color. Cosmetic dentists prefer using composite resins to other filling restoration material due to their natural appearance.

Crown (cap)

A large restoration that replaces the majority of your tooth structure above the gum line. Crowns are used to fix teeth which can no longer be salvaged with a simple filling. Crowns are typically made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic material.

Decay

Refer to cavity please.

Deep cleaning (scaling & root planning)

A type of dental cleaning which focuses on removing plaque and tartar underneath your gum line. Deep cleanings are used to treat gum disease. Most deep cleanings are performed in multiple sessions and often times require anesthesia.

Dental cleaning

Teeth cleaning performed by your dentist or hygienist. Dental cleaning focuses on removing plaque and tartar which can’t be removed by brushing or flossing alone. Dental cleanings are categorized as simple cleaning or deep cleaning.

Dentin

The middle portion of your tooth which is located above the pulp and underneath the enamel. Unlike enamel, dentin has nerve endings which makes it sensitive to tooth decay.

Denture

Removable, false teeth used to replace your missing natural teeth. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic. The pink portion secures your dentures in place and the white segment replaces your missing teeth. There are many different types of dentures including full dentures and partial dentures.

Enamel

The very hard outer portion of your tooth. In fact, enamel is the hardest tissue found in our bodies. Enamel protects your tooth from cavities and provides it with the strength to cut and chew food.

Filling

Material used by dentists to replace missing tooth structure. Fillings are used to fix dental cavities and broken teeth. Fillings are made from gold (mostly obsolete), Amalgam (silver filling) or composite resin (white filling).

Full Denture (Complete denture)

A set of false teeth which replaces all of your teeth in one arch. Full dentures are held in place by the suction they provide against your gum tissue. Full dentures are typically made from pink and white acrylic.

Gingivitis

The earlier stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is characterized by bleeding gums, bad breath and minor tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to the more advanced stage of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Gum Disease (Periodontal disease)

Disease of the gums and jaw bone. Gum disease is caused by spread of harmful bacteria to your gum and jaw bone. Gum disease causes bleeding gums, bone loss and tooth loss. Gum disease is categorized as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Impacted Tooth

A tooth which is trapped underneath your jaw bone. Impacted tooth typically refers to wisdom teeth, although other teeth can also be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth usually need to be removed. Other impacted teeth need to be removed, monitored or uprighted by your orthodontist.

Incisor tooth

The front most four teeth in your upper and lower jaw. Incisor teeth are used to cut food particles. We have 8 total incisors, teeth numbers: 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Infection

Spread of harmful bacteria into your tooth nerve. Once cavity bugs reach your tooth nerve, the tooth is now infected. Infected teeth can only be fixed with a root canal or you must remove the tooth completely.

Inlay

A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Inlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Inlays are smaller than onlays and do not encompass your outer tooth walls.

Molar tooth

Teeth located in the back of our mouth which have four cusps. Molar teeth are large and used to crush food particles. We have 8 total molars, teeth numbers: 2, 3, 14, 15, 18, 19, 30 and 31. Additionally, some of us have 3rd molars or wisdom teeth which are teeth numbers: 1, 16, 17 and 32.

Nerve

Refer to pulp please.

Night guard

A device worn at nights to protect your teeth against grinding. Night guards help reduce tooth fracture, TMJ pain and headaches. There are two types of night guards, generic night guards which you purchase online or from a local pharmacy and custom night guards which your dentist makes for you.

Onlay

A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Onlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Onlays are larger than inlays and encompass at least one or more of your outer tooth walls.

Partial Denture

A set of false teeth which replaces some, but not all, of your missing teeth. Partial dentures are held in place by anchoring to your remaining teeth as well as suction against your gum tissue. Partial dentures can be made from different material including metals, acrylic and flexible resin.

Periodontal disease

Refer to gum disease please.

Periodontitis

The more advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is characterized by bone loss, major tooth sensitivity and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis causes your teeth to loosen and fall out. Plus, the resulting infection can spread to the rest of your body and affect your overall health.

Premolar tooth (bicsupid)

Transitional teeth between our front and molar teeth. Premolars have two cusps and are used to crush food particles. They are also the teeth most commonly removed for braces treatment. We have 8 total bisupids, teeth numbers: 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28 and 29.

Pulp (nerve)

The innermost tooth layer which lies underneath your dentin. Your tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. When your tooth pulp becomes damaged this results in a toothache. Once this happens, you require a root canal treatment or must remove the tooth.

Pulpotomy

Pulpotomy is the equivalent of a baby root canal. It entails removing the nerve structure from infected baby teeth. Performing a pulpotomy eliminates toothache while allowing your child to keep the tooth itself in order to prevent potential orthodontic complications.

Root canal treatment

A procedure to remove infected tooth nerve to eliminate pain and infection. During root canal treatment your dentist will disinfect your tooth and replace the missing nerve with sterile material known as Gutta Percha. Root canal treatment eliminates pain and infection and allows you to keep the tooth.

Scaling & root planning

Refer to deep cleaning please.

Sealant

A preventive treatment used to protect children’s teeth. Dental sealants are placed on teeth with deep groves, typically molars, to protect them against tooth decay and infection. Sealants are very effective and safe and do not require any tooth structure removal.

Sedation

Techniques used to calm patients with anxiety during dental treatment. There are many different sedation techniques in dentistry such as Nitrous Oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Silver filling

Refer to Amalgam please.

Simple cleaning

A dental cleaning performed in absence of gum disease. Simple cleanings typically entail basic tooth scraping and polishing, occasionally with Fluoride treatment. Most people require a simple cleaning once every 6 months, although if you’re suffering from gum disease you need one every 3 to 4 months.

Third molar

Refer to wisdom tooth please.

White filling

Refer to composite resin please.

Wisdom tooth (third molar)

Tooth which is located all the way in the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth start erupting in your late teens or twenties. Not everyone has wisdom teeth. For those that do, there’s a high probability that you have to remove these teeth. Otherwise, they will cause pain, swelling and infection.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672


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