<b>What are Sealants?</b>
You can think of sealants as a way to protect your back teeth from staining and decay. Most often, sealants are applied to pediatric patients’ teeth to prevent cavities from forming. However, they can be just as beneficial for adults looking for a way to further protect their teeth from damage. Sealants are completely clear and are often only applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
<b>Why are Sealants needed?</b>
Sealants may be needed for a wide range of different reasons. For children and adults who don’t have the best oral hygiene habits, sealants can protect the back teeth from developing cavities. Sealants form a protective barrier between your tooth and the bacteria and plaque inside the mouth. They often last for about one to three years and can be reapplied as needed.
<b>What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?</b>
If you already have a lot of fillings, have had multiple root canals and want to protect your teeth from further damage, sealants are a viable option. Likewise, sealants are great for pediatric patients who may not have the best eating, brushing and flossing habits at home. Sealants are relatively long-lasting and can prevent the need for fillings, root canals and even extractions. They’re clear, so no one but the dental team will even know they’re on your teeth.
<b>What happens during the Sealant procedure?</b>
We begin by cleaning and thoroughly drying your back teeth. The sealant mixture is then brushed onto the chewing surface of each back tooth. The liquid is then cured and hardened onto the tooth using a specialized light. This prevents the sealant from moving or being washed away. The sealant is then in place and can protect the tooth from cavities and deep staining. You can have the sealants reapplies as needed, and we can check on your sealants at each of your checkup appointments when coming into our office.
If you think you may need or want sealants, call our office today and we can schedule you with an appointment.