What are Sealants?
A dental sealant is a clear coating applied to the back teeth. The coating helps to fill in areas that are deeply grooved and ridged so that decay and stains aren’t able to accumulate. You can think of sealants as a way to protect your back teeth from eventual cavities and deep staining. Most sealants can last for anywhere from one to about three years.
Why would Sealants be needed?
Sealants may be needed if you or your child has issues with tooth decay and already has quite a few fillings. You might have deep grooves and pits in your back teeth, making these areas more prone to decay. Sealants are most often applied to pediatric teeth as a way to protect and preserve them, however, they’re just as beneficial for adults as well. Sealants are easy to apply and dry completely clear, so no one but the dental team will even know they’re on your teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Most patients who want sealants can have the procedure done easily and quickly in our office. For children, we may suggest sealants if they don’t brush, floss or eat properly. For adults, sealants might be a good choice if you already have a lot of fillings or are looking for a way to further protect your smile. While sealants help to protect the surfaces of the tooth they’re applied to, having them placed is not an excuse to forgo brushing and flossing.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
The procedure takes just minutes in our office and requires no drilling or anesthesia. We clean and dry the back teeth. The doctor then brushes the liquid sealant onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth only. The sealants are cured into place with a bright light. This will prevent the sealant from moving or shifting out of place. We can check on the sealants at every checkup appointment and reapply them as needed.
If you would like to learn more about sealants and how they work, call us today so that we can get you in for a conveniently scheduled appointment.