What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective barriers that prevent cavities from forming on the biting surfaces of back teeth. They can last for up to three years and be used for both pediatric and adult patients. The procedure to place sealants is done quickly in our office with no anesthetic required. Sealants are completely clear so that no one will even know they’re on your teeth.
Why are Sealants necessary?
Sealants are ideal for patients who are prone to developing dental decay and already have fillings in their mouth. You may have a child who does not take good care of their teeth and continually forgets to floss and brush them. Some patients simply like sealants because of their protective nature. The fact that dental sealants can last for several years is reason enough to consider them for the health of your teeth.
What makes you a candidate for Sealants?
Prior to having dental sealants placed, you will come in for an exam and consultation. Most patients will benefit from sealants because they prevent cavities and even staining. The sealant will wear away with time and can be reapplied as often as needed. It’s typically recommended to have sealants applied to a child’s teeth, especially if they’ve already had cavities and needed fillings in the past.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
The teeth that will be receiving the sealants will be cleaned and dried. The liquid sealant is applied perfectly to the back teeth on only the biting surfaces. This is where tooth decay is most prevalent and common. The sealant is then hardened with a bright curing light to keep it in place. Your new sealants will last for many years before needing to be replaced. We can check to make sure your sealants are still in place at each of your bi-annual appointments in our office.
If you are interested in sealants as a way to protect your smile or would like them for your child, call us today and we can help to get you in for an appointment.