Compomer Dental Sealants
Keep Your Smile Healthy!
With dental sealants, patients can achieve a healthy smile by avoiding cavities. While most often recommended for children, any patient can benefit from dental sealants. To learn more about this preventive treatment, contact our Auburn dental office today by calling (260) 357-2380 to schedule an appointment.
What Are Compomer Dental Sealants?
Compomer dental sealants are a type of tooth-colored dental material used to seal the occlusal (biting) surfaces of molars and premolars. They’re a combination of composite resin and glass ionomer cement, hence the name “compomer.” These sealants are applied to the pits and fissures of teeth to create a protective barrier that prevents the accumulation of bacteria and food particles, reducing the risk of cavities.
How They Differ from Traditional Dental Sealants
The main difference between compomer dental sealants and traditional sealants lies in their composition. Traditional sealants are typically made of resin or acrylic, while compomer sealants combine resin and glass ionomer cement. This composition provides compomer sealants with added strength and durability, making them less prone to wear and tear.
Benefits of Compomer Dental Sealants
Effective Cavity Prevention
Compomer dental sealants are highly effective at preventing cavities. By sealing the pits and fissures of teeth, they create a smooth surface that is less susceptible to bacterial buildup and decay.
One of the significant advantages of compomer sealants is their tooth-colored appearance. They blend seamlessly with the natural tooth enamel, making them an aesthetically pleasing option for both children and adults.
Due to their composite composition, compomer dental sealants are more durable than traditional sealants. They can withstand the forces of chewing and grinding, making them a long-lasting solution for cavity prevention.
Compomer sealants are biocompatible, meaning they’re safe for use in the mouth. They don’t contain harmful substances and are well-tolerated by most patients.
The application process for compomer dental sealants is relatively straightforward and minimally invasive. It typically doesn’t require anesthesia, making it a comfortable experience for patients.
Applying Compomer Sealants
The application process for compomer dental sealants is simple:
- Preparing the Tooth Surface: Before applying compomer dental sealants, our dentist will clean and prepare the tooth surface. This involves removing any plaque or debris and drying the tooth thoroughly.
- Application of the Compomer Sealant: Our dentist will apply the compomer sealant material to the pits and fissures of the tooth. They’ll ensure that the sealant flows into all the crevices, creating a complete seal.
- Curing and Bonding: To harden the sealant, a special curing light is used. This process bonds the sealant to the tooth’s surface, ensuring its longevity and effectiveness.
- Final Inspection: After the sealant has hardened, our dentist will inspect it to ensure that it’s been applied correctly and that there are no imperfections. Any necessary adjustments will be made.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do compomer sealants last?
Compomer sealants can last anywhere from 3 to 5 years or longer, depending on factors such as oral hygiene, diet, and wear and tear. Regular dental check-ups with your dentist will help determine when reapplication is needed.
How much does compomer sealant application cost?
On average, the cost per tooth sealed ranges from $30 to $60. The cost of compomer dental sealant application can vary depending on factors such as the number of teeth being sealed, the dentist’s location, and dental insurance coverage.
Schedule Your Consultation in Auburn Today!
Ready to add an extra layer of protection to your teeth? Get in touch with our dental team today to learn more about your dental sealant options! To schedule an appointment, contact our dentist in Auburn by calling (260) 357-2380.