What are Sealants?
Sealants are clear coverings that are placed over the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They are virtually clear and invisible to the naked eye. Sealants form a barrier between the tooth itself and the bacteria in your mouth. They can be useful when it comes to preventing both tooth decay and staining.
Why are Sealants needed?
Oftentimes, it is difficult to keep the back teeth perfectly clean because of the deep grooves and fissures in the tooth. For children, this is even more difficult since they’re still learning how to care for their own teeth. Sealants are helpful in protecting these areas and are useful for patients who are prone to cavities or who may be looking for ways to prevent future dental treatment. They are ideal for both children and adults alike.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
We can examine your teeth to determine if sealants are right for you. If you already have tooth decay, this will need to be treated before the actual sealant is applied. If you have deep grooves and pits in your back teeth, you’ll benefit the most from having sealants applied. Sealants can last for about one to three years depending on how much wear you give them.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
We begin the procedure by cleaning and drying the teeth. The liquid sealant is brushed onto the back chewing surfaces of the teeth. We then cure these sealants in place to prevent them from moving or washing away. This is done by using a bright light to harden the material. Most sealants can last for up to three years and can be reapplied as often as needed. The sealants themselves will help in protecting your teeth and preventing tooth decay. They are great for patients of all ages and can be useful when it comes to protecting your teeth completely.
If you think you’d benefit from a sealant and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we can get you in for an appointment.