Fluoride treatments are commonly used to help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. Typically, this treatment is administered after a routine cleaning. Your teeth will be “painted” with a heavily-fluoridated gel or paste and the substance will be left in place for about 5 minutes. After this, the fluoride will be rinsed away.
Fluoride has the unique ability to help strengthen teeth and prevent decay. It encourages remineralization of teeth that have been weakened by attracting phosphate and calcium. If you are cavity-prone, fluoride can help keep your teeth strong, and even reverse the first stage of decay, known as a “soft spot.”
Dental sealants are made of dental resin that is applied directly to your teeth. This resin creates a strong, transparent barrier over your enamel that prevents the contact of oral bacteria, acid and food particles. In turn, this prevents the formation of cavities.
After a cleaning, your teeth will be prepared to receive a sealant. Then, Dr. Cade or Dr. Carlson will apply a clear plastic resin to your rear teeth in a liquid form. This resin will be hardened with a UV light to create a strong protective barrier that will last up to 10 years with proper maintenance.
First, one of our hygienists will perform a basic oral exam. They may also take x-rays of your mouth, if necessary. Then, once they have confirmed that you do not have any serious oral health issues that could impair the procedure, your teeth and gums will be professionally cleaned.
Any plaque and tartar will be removed from your teeth. Next, your teeth will be buffed and polished with a high-powered toothbrush and flossed to remove any remaining debris and particles.
After this, your dentist will come in to discuss your oral health and perform a comprehensive oral exam. Depending on the results, you may simply schedule your next six-month appointment, or you may need to schedule additional treatments if our team has found an issue during your oral exam.