The plastic tooth sealant material placed on your teeth as well as the dental sealants for kids, has reached its final hardness. You may now eat, drink, floss and brush normally.
The dental sealants act to decrease the likelihood of decay occurring on the chewing surface of the tooth. Dental sealants do NOT protect the flossing surfaces nor does it protect the surfaces next to the cheek and tongue. The sealant is not a guarantee against teeth cavities, but it is the best protection available. You must continue to thoroughly brush and floss the entire tooth to prevent cavities on teeth.
The sealant is tinted white so that you can see it easily. Some wear of the plastic will occur as the material is abraded by food particles, tooth brushing, etc. The material deep in the pits and grooves will be protected from wear by the adjacent tooth structure and will continue to function for five to seven years. Dental sealants appear as thin thread-like lines on the chewing surface.
Occasionally a sealant will come off. If this occurs, it is usually within the first month after placement. Therefore, we ask that you look at the tooth sealant frequently in the next few weeks. If one should be absent please call our office to arrange an appointment for replacement (we will replace sealants at no charge for a period of one year). It can be reapplied as often as necessary, though a single application may be all that is needed.
Dakota Dental clinic will check the sealants at each of your examination appointments to be certain they are present and functioning correctly.
If you experience any severe discomfort, or any symptom that seems abnormal, please call our office Apple Valley MN dentist office at 952-431-5774 immediately.