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.
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.
Here’s What Your Dentist Will Do
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.
Yes. Sealants are simple, applied painlessly, and require no need to drill into the teeth.
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.