What are Sealants?
Protecting your teeth from tooth decay is important in preserving overall oral health. One of the easiest and quickest ways to protect teeth is with the use of sealants. Sealants are completely clear and are used on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. They help to form a barrier between plaque and bacteria in your mouth and your teeth.
Why are Sealants needed?
You may need or want sealants if you’d like to avoid cavities. Children can especially benefit from sealants, since the procedure is done easily and quickly. Most sealants can last for a year to three years and can be reapplied as needed. Sealants are clear, so no one but the dental team can tell you have them on your teeth.
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Who’s a good candidate for Sealants?
If you’re prone to developing cavities or already have a lot of fillings in your mouth, you may be a good candidate for sealants. Likewise, children with poor hygiene habits or bad eating tendencies can benefit from sealants as a way to prevent cavities. We can perform an exam to identify if you’ll benefit from sealants and how to place them. We can check your sealants at each of your bi-annual checkup appointments and reapply them as needed.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
We first clean and dry the teeth before applying the sealant. The sealant starts off as a liquid that is brushed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Once brushed on fully, we cure the sealant with a bright light. This hardens the sealant and keeps it in place. You can expect your sealants to last for about one to three years. We can reapply them on an as-needed basis in order to keep your teeth fully protected. For children and teens, sealants can prevent the need for fillings, root canals and extractions of teeth.
If you think you might benefit from sealants or have a child who will benefit from them, call us today and we’ll help to answer any questions you may have.