What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings that help to prevent both staining and decay to back teeth. They are especially beneficial for pediatric patients who may not necessarily have the best oral hygiene. They’re effective at protecting teeth that are otherwise vulnerable or susceptible to developing tooth decay. Sealants are completely clear so that no one but you and the dental team will know you have them in place.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants can be thought of as a preventative measure that helps to keep your teeth protected and healthy. You may need sealants if you are prone to tooth decay or if you already have a lot of fillings. Sealants are great for kids who don’t brush or floss their teeth well and who may have already had teeth extracted because of decay. Sealants are normally only applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth.
What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?
Before you have sealants placed, you’ll come in for a consultation and examination to help us determine if sealants are right for you. Sealants can last for roughly one to three years and will need to be reapplied after they’ve worn off. The procedure itself is easy and requires absolutely no anesthetic or drilling. Kids and adults alike can benefit from sealants, as they can prevent the need for subsequent fillings, root canals and even extractions.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
You will first come into our office and be seated in one of our comfortable rooms. We will examine and dry the teeth that will be receiving the sealants. The liquid sealant is applied via a brush to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant is cured with a bright light so that it hardens into place. Your new sealants can last for as long as three years before they can be reapplied. Dental sealants are essential in protecting vulnerable teeth and avoiding tooth decay.
If you would like to learn more about sealants or want to come in for a consultation appointment, call us today and we will work to get you in as soon as possible.