Dental Sealants

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Dr. Leach did a magnificent job on my teeth. He did some bonding to fill in some spaces and my teeth look just perfect. I am completely happy with the great job he did! He also did the work with no discomfort whatsoever and without even numbing. I was very comfortable the whole time.

J.M.

My family and I have been a client of Dr. Steven Leach for 13 years. He has been a very positive influence concerning oral health. After consulting with Dr. Leach concerning a very crooked front tooth, he advised me and we came to the conclusion that we need to crown the teeth. His staff was encouraging, very kind and helpful with the decisions that needed to be made. Dr. Leach took great care to make sure that everything went according to plan. When it was time to fit the new teeth he was meticulous and the outcome was beyond my wildest hopes. For the first time I had a smile that I could really be proud of. Dr. Leach’s expertise, his excellent staff, and the lab made what could have been a harrowing experience a very enjoyable one.
Thank you Dr. Leach, “She said with a smile”!

K.H.

Thank you all for your great service, kind care, and sweet attitudes. I love being your patient, blessings!

P.K.

Thank you for everything leading up to and the day of my visit for Bioclear. I’m so happy with the results from the procedure and I appreciate all of the information everyone provided during the process. Thanks so much to you, Dr. Leach, for investing your time and talents in making this procedure available in our state. I’m very grateful for all of the kindness and care everyone gave to me. The office visits, phone conversations, and really all of my interactions with your office were very positive and put me at ease. Thank you so much for all that you all do!

Traci S.

Dear Dr. Leach,  I just wanted to tell you thank you for my beautiful veneers! I love them and get compliments on them all the time. Thank you again!

Katie W.

Wow, my dental appointments were actually looked at as a pleasant experience, since Dr. Leach and his staff are so capable and sincere – and there was no discomfort as one usually expects.

C.R.

The chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth are ripe for cavity development. These surfaces are rough. Unlike other areas of your teeth, back teeth are filled with tiny grooves called ”pits and fissures.” These grooves are great at trapping food particles and bacteria, and toothbrush bristles aren’t entirely effective at reaching those areas.

Toothbrush Cleaning Teeth

A child’s newly erupted permanent teeth are less resistant to decay than those of adults. As enamel ages, it becomes stronger, and can protect teeth better. Flouride, which is found in toothpaste and in some drinking water, can help strengthen enamel – but again, getting flouride into those crevices can be a challenge. Dr Leach offers a great solution to this issue: Dental Sealants.

Dental sealants are an invisible, plastic, resin coating that smooths out the “pits and fissures” of the back teeth. This helps them resist tooth decay, which in turn helps lower the risk of future dental issues and subsequent treatment.

How Sealants Are Placed

A sealant is like a miniature filling, but made of plastic. It’s not however, the same as having a cavity filled. Placing a sealant on the enamel surface of the tooth is painless, and doesn’t typically require numbing shots.

An examination is the first step in the process. If minimal decay is found, the experts at Steven Leach Dental will gently remove it.  Then they will clean and dry the tooth. Once dry, a solution will be applied to the tooth that will etch (roughen) the surface and allow the sealing material to adhere more effectively. Then the tooth is rinsed and dried once again. After that the sealant is painted on as a liquid, which hardens in about a minute (sometimes with the help of a special “curing” light). And that’s pretty much it!

A note about BPA: A 2012 study that received wide press coverage raised concerns that trace amounts of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) found in some (but not all) dental resins might contribute to behavioral problems in children. The study authors noted that while they had found an association, they had not actually proven that BPA in dental sealants causes these problems. In fact, BPA is far more prevalent in food and beverage packaging than in dental restorative materials. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association have since reaffirmed their support for the use of sealants.

Sealants Step by Step
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Taking Care of Sealants

Proper oral hygiene applies to sealed teeth, just as it does to all other teeth. Your child should continue regular brushing and flossing and have regular cleanings at Steven Leach Dental. During regular examinations Dr. Leach’s team will check sealants for wear and tear. Properly maintained sealed teeth should last for up to 10 years, and can reduce decay by more than 70 percent!