What are Sealants?
Sealants are a protective coating that can be applied to the back teeth. They can help to prevent tooth decay as well as staining that is a result of deep grooves and fissures on the back molars. Sealants are ideal for all ages and can be beneficial for both children and adults alike. They typically last for anywhere from one to three years depending on how much wear they receive each day.
Why are Sealants needed?
The reason you may be interested in having sealants applied to your teeth is because you are prone to tooth decay. Children are especially prone and susceptible to developing cavities, so sealants can help to keep their vulnerable teeth protected until proper brushing and flossing habits are adopted. If you already have quite a few fillings, you may want to consider sealants as a way to further protect your teeth. The procedure is done relatively quickly in our office and requires absolutely no anesthetic.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
The majority of patients who are coming into our office are good candidates for dental sealants. Sealants are most often applied to pediatric patients’ teeth as a way to keep them protected. However, there is no age limit on the person who is having sealants applied. If you are looking for a way to keep your teeth fully protected, sealants are a wonderful choice that can help to prevent future fillings, root canals or even full extractions.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The very first step to applying a dental sealant is to clean and dry the back teeth. The sealant is then brushed onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Each sealant is then cured and hardened into place using a bright light. This prevents the sealants from washing away or being able to shift out of place. Dental sealants are completely clear, but we will be able to check them at each of your bi-annual check-up appointments. You can have the sealants reapplied as needed as they begin to wear away.
If you would like to come into our office to have a consultation regarding sealants, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.