In some instances, Dr. Alvarez may suggest that sealants be used for patients. Dr. Alvarez is pleased to have a specially trained staff of dental professionals who specialize in applying sealants. A sealant is an extremely thin plastic coating that is applied to the surface of teeth. Decay often develops in deep grooves of the teeth, and applying a sealant creates a smoother tooth surface that is easier to clean. Although sealants typically protect teeth from decay for several years, they do need to be checked for wear and chipping during the patient’s regular checkups in our Fremont, CA office.
Which Patients are Good Candidates for Sealants
- Young patients – As soon a child’s first permanent back teeth appear (the six-year molars) or any other time between the ages of 6 and 16.
- Adults – Particularly those patients with tooth surfaces that have deep grooves.
- Children – Can be helpful for baby teeth with deep grooves or depressions, and children that are cavity-prone.
The Process Involved with Sealants
Dr. Alvarez’s staff of dental professionals who specialize in sealants will be sure that the patient’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned. They will then apply a special solution to the enamel surface that will help the sealant bond to the teeth. After that, the teeth are rinsed and dried, and sealant material is applied to the enamel surface. Depending on the kind of material used, the sealant will then either harden on its own or with the help of a special curing light.
Contact Us Today for More Information About Sealants
If you believe that sealants might be a good choice for you or someone in your family, contact us today at our Fremont, CA office for more information: 510-713-6790.
Dr. Alvarez and his trained staff of dental professionals conform to all state and local laws within the state of California.