What are Sealants?
A dental sealant is a protective covering that helps prevent cavities. If you’re prone to tooth decay or already have a lot of fillings, it might be time to take a preventative approach to your oral health. Sealants are especially beneficial for children who may not take good care of their teeth or brush properly. Dental sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years before they can be reapplied.
Why are Sealants needed?
You can think of dental sealants are a protective measure for the health of your teeth. The clear, invisible sealant creates a barrier between your tooth and the elements inside of your mouth. This prevents cavities from forming in the areas the sealants are applied, preventing the need for a filling or root canal. For children, sealants can be especially beneficial in preventing early treatment of cavities with fillings, root canals and even extractions.
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What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?
The sealant procedure is quick, easy and done in-office. It can be useful for both pediatric as well as adult patients who are looking to protect their teeth. Most often, sealants are applied to the biting surfaces of only the back teeth. This is where cavities are more likely to develop, especially with poor oral hygiene or dietary habits.
What can be expected during the Sealant process?
You or your child will come into our office and be comfortably seated. The teeth that will be receiving the sealant are cleaned and dried. The liquid is then brushed onto the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The material is cured with a specialized curing light that hardens the sealant into place. Once hardened, the sealant acts as a protective barrier and can help to prevent cavities. We will check your sealants at each of your dental checkups and can reapply them on an as-needed basis.
If you’re interested in dental sealants either for yourself or a loved one, call our office today and we will be happy to help in answering any of your questions.