Preventive and restorative resins seal and protect teeth
Children, teenagers, and adults can benefit from preventive dentistry solutions, including preventive restorative resins, or PRR. This treatment is also referred to as a sealant. This thin coating is applied to the surfaces of the teeth, specifically the chewing areas on the molars, premolars, pits, and fissures of the surrounding teeth. Studies continue to show that 75% of cavities form in these areas, and with the placement of resin sealants, the teeth can be easy to clean and care for-reducing the risk of decay.
How long do preventive, restorative resins last?
Eugene, OR area dentists, Drs. Robert Gemmell and Ty Jaros find that many patients can maintain their resin sealants for several years or even a lifetime! At each recall visit, patients are examined to ensure that these sealants are still in place. The dentists check for chipping and wear that may inhibit their ability to protect the teeth. They can be replaced when needed during a routine dental evaluation.
How long does it take for preventive and restorative resins to be placed?
The process of obtaining these resin sealants is relatively quick. First, the deep grooves of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The area is kept dry before a unique solution is applied to the surfaces of the teeth to roughen them and allow the PRR sealant to bond properly. The teeth are rinsed and dried, and then resin material is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth that need protection. The PRR sealant is hardened with a specialized curing light to complete the process.
How do I care for my preventive restorative resin sealants?
Patients who want to extend the longevity of their resin sealants will need to participate in proper home oral care, including brushing and flossing. Patients should also visit our dental hygiene team at Distinctive Dentistry at least every six months for a cleaning and evaluation. And, of course, you should maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
Call today to learn more about preventive and restorative resins
Drs. Robert Gemmell and Ty Jaros of Distinctive Dentistry can educate patients on the benefits of preventive resin restorations to keep your smile healthy. If you live in or around our Eugene, OR community and want to speak to our team about your options, call (541) 255-1287 to request a consultation visit. We are conveniently located at 1775 River Road and accept new patients and families.