What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin, clear protective coatings that can help to prevent instances of tooth decay. These coverings are applied to just the back teeth on the chewing surfaces only. This prevents the deep fissures and grooves in these areas to become decayed. Sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years depending on the amount of wear they receive each day.
Why would Sealants be needed?
Sealants are beneficial for pediatric patients who are not able to fully or properly clean their teeth. However, there is no age limit when it comes to benefiting from dental sealants. If you have deep pitting, grooves and fissures on the back teeth, you can benefit from having sealants placed. These sealants fully protect these areas, which can prevent the need for future fillings, root canals and full extractions.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
We can examine your teeth to determine if you’d benefit from having dental sealants applied. If your back teeth have deep grooves, we may recommend filling in this pitting with dental sealants. If you have older sealants that are wearing away, we can reapply them as needed. Both adults and children alike can benefit from sealants and their protective abilities.
What can be expected during the Sealant process?
We will clean and dry your back teeth before applying the sealants. Liquid sealant is then brushed over the back teeth on the chewing surfaces. We will then cure the sealants with a bright light. This hardens the sealants and prevents them from moving or being washed away. Sealants are completely clear, so no one but the dental team will even know they’re on your teeth. They can be reapplied as often as needed, but you can expect them to last for at least a year. Regardless of having sealants on your teeth, you still need to brush twice a day and floss daily.
If you’d like to learn more about sealants and how they can protect your teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment to come in.