What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants are a wonderful way to fully protect your back teeth and prevent tooth decay. The back teeth are often the most susceptible to decay. This is because there are deep grooves and fissures that make it hard to keep these areas clean. In order to prevent tooth decay, a clear liquid varnish, known as a sealant, can be applied to the back chewing surfaces.
Why might Dental Sealants be needed?
You may benefit from sealants if you’re either prone to decay or have deep grooves on any of your posterior teeth. These back teeth are typically difficult to keep clean because plaque, food debris and bacteria become lodges in the grooves and deep fissures. Most dental sealants placed can easily last for one to three years. We can reapply these clear varnish coatings whenever they are needed.
Who is a great candidate for Dental Sealants?
The majority of our patients who want to fully protect their back teeth from decay are the best available candidates for dental sealants. While sealants are more often used to protect primary baby teeth, they can be as beneficial for teens and adults alike. In fact, if you’re prone to decay or already have a number of composite or amalgam fillings, we might recommend having sealants applied. The process to apply sealants is incredibly quick and requires absolutely no anesthetic.
What can you expect during the Dental Sealant procedure?
The sealant procedure will begin by carefully cleaning and fully drying off the posterior teeth. Liquid sealant varnish is applied to just your teeth’s biting surfaces. The sealants are then cured with a special bright light. You can expect your new sealants to last for upwards of three years. They can be reapplied as needed to keep your smile as protected as possible. Because sealants are crystal clear, most people other than the dental team won’t even know that you have them on your teeth. For parents, these dental sealants are a fantastic option for preventing the need for fillings, root canals, pulpotomies and extractions of your child’s teeth.
If you would like to learn more about sealants and how they work, call us today so that one of our friendly staff members can further assist you.