Dental Sealants

Dental sealants prevent tooth decay

Dental sealants are a plastic-like coat that’s applied to the back teeth to protect the chewing surface. The grooves around these back teeth are very narrow that toothbrushes cannot properly fit into those spaces and remove food particles trapped there or plaque. Dental sealants help prevent decay in these grooves and protect the teeth.

It’s a fact: 84 percent of cavities children get are located within the grooves and pits in their teeth

The Importance Of Dental Sealants For Your Teeth

With dental sealants, the chewing surface can obtain up to a 100% protection rate from tooth decay or cavities. Even placing sealant over minor decay can help further progression in tooth decay making sealants very effective.

Why Should You Have Dental Sealants Applied?

Children are the first choice for dental tooth sealants, however studies show that adults can benefit from this service as well.

  • Sealants should be placed over children’s teeth when their permanent molars erupt – this typically happens around 6-12 years of age.
  • Sealants can be applied to anyone if their teeth if the have deep grooves in their back teeth, the molars haven’t been filled for cavities or cosmetically restored, or the dental hygienist sees a risk for serious decay.
  • When teeth have a filling in place already, then dental sealant should not be applied to that area of the oral cavity.

Here’s What Your Dentist Will Do

  1. Mild acid is used on the tooth to create a bond for dental sealants. It is rinsed off and then air dried.
  2. Grooves in the back teeth are painted with the liquid sealant.
  3. An Intense light is then used to help make the plastic liquid harden over the teeth.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants have the ability to last as long as 10 years. They do need to be checked regularly by your dentist for wear and tear during regular dental exams.

Sealants are said to last up to 10 years, however on average without constant oral care the estimate is around 2 or even 4 years of strong sealant. They are an obvious choice to protect and fight against cavities in your mouth.  Upon routine check-ups the dentist will examine the sealants to ensure they are working properly and can be re-applied if this is not the case.

Are Sealants Safe To Use?

Yes. Sealants are simple, applied painlessly, and require no need to drill into the teeth.

Why Are Sealants Only Applied To My Teeth In Back?

The sealant plastic is made to fill the gaps in the back teeth to smooth over grooves that are highly susceptible to cavities. The plastic won’t be effective on smoother front teeth, backs or sides of teeth that do not have pits and grooves.

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