What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants help to protect the teeth from decay. This thin, protective covering is brushed onto the teeth and cured into place, protecting the surface of the tooth from cavity causing bacteria and buildup. Sealants can last anywhere from one to three years, and can be replaced when necessary. They are ideal for both adults and children who would like to protect against developing cavities.
Why do you need Dental Sealants?
You may be advised to get dental sealants if you are prone to dental decay. You can think of sealants as a protective layer that covers the tooth and prevents bacteria from infiltrating enamel. Dental sealants may be recommended for patients with deep grooves and fissures in their teeth, which can hold onto bacteria longer than smoother teeth. While most patients who receive sealants are children, they are incredibly beneficial for adults who tend to regularly get cavities.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental Sealants?
A thorough examination and a history of your dental health is needed to determine if sealants are right for you. Most people who want sealants or think they will benefit from them will be able to receive the procedure. Some of the reasons you may be advised to have sealants placed include:
- You are prone to cavities
- You have deep grooves and fissures in your teeth
- Your child doesn’t follow proper at-home dental hygiene
- You’ve been told in the past that you’d benefit from sealants
What happens during the procedure for Dental Sealants?
The procedure to have sealants placed is done easily and quickly in our office. First, our experienced dental professional will brush a thin liquid over the teeth. The doctor will then cure the sealant into place, which provides a seamless and invisible barrier on top of and around each tooth. Once it becomes worn down, the sealant can be replaced to ensure the teeth continue to be protected. Sealants are a great way to prevent decay and the need for fillings. They are a great option for children, teens, and adults alike.
If you think you might benefit from sealants, contact our office today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.