Sealants & Sports Guard Devices from Primary Dental Care

Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California, offers a variety of treatments and services designed to protect your teeth, including dental sealants and sports guard devices. Although each is quite different in terms of their nature and the manner in which they are used, both sealants and sports guard devices are focused on protecting your teeth.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are used to create a thin, invisible plastic barrier between the tooth and agents that might harm it such as bacteria, carbohydrate sugars, and food particles. Sealants, which are usually applied to teeth that are difficult to reach and brush, such as molars, were first introduced in the 1970s. The coating is applied to the fissures, pits, and surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant helps to keep materials that can create plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque and the resulting tartar will weaken and penetrate the enamel on your teeth and eventually lead to decay.

Sealants are applied to a child’s first molars when they initially break through, around the age of six, and to their second molars, when they are 12 years old. The coating is exceptionally thin and lasts from five to 10 years. They are very helpful in protecting teeth from decay.

Application Process

The application of a dental sealant is a relatively simple process. First, your teeth will be examined for any cavities and cleaned. The sealant process itself involves washing off and drying the teeth that will be treated, and then putting a thin gel over the chewing surfaces of those teeth. Once the protective material has been painted onto the tooth, the dentist will use an intense light to enable fast drying of the sealant.

A Custom Sports Guard

Athletes who play contact sports, such as lacrosse, basketball, hockey, football and soccer, should wear a custom-made sports guard. Custom sports guards that will fit properly and offer ultimate protection, are made by dentists. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends the mold to a dental laboratory where a technician makes a guard that will fit over your teeth, protecting them from impact injuries. Once the sports guard is created, you will return to your dentist and the it will be placed in your mouth where the proper fit will be checked to ensure that you have total protection.

Custom sports guards that are provided by dentists offer much more protection than those bought over-the-counter iat sporting good’s stores, as those created by a dentist are specifically designed to ensure that they cover a greater area. They are also made from thicker and tougher materials, and are designed specifically for the individual.

Personalized Solutions

Primary Dental Care provides personalized solutions in both sealants and sports guard devices. Each type of product is designed to help make sure that your teeth do last you a lifetime. The dentists at Primary Dental Care offer a range of solutions for many different dental problems and challenges.

More Information

For more information on sealants and sports guard devices call Primary Dental Care in Garden Grove, California at 714-537-5700. We will be glad to discuss both or either types of protection with you.