What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings that are placed over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These sealants help to keep the teeth protected from deep stains and tooth decay. If your back teeth have deep grooves and fissures or if you’re susceptible to decay, we may recommend having sealants placed. If a sealant falls out of the tooth it is still at a lower risk for decay than before a sealant was placed.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants may be needed if you have deep fissures, pitting and grooves on the back teeth. This pitting can make it nearly impossible to keep your teeth clean, and this can result in areas of decay and many fillings in the back teeth. Another reason you may need or would benefit from sealants is because you’re prone to tooth decay. Sealants are a great way to keep these areas of the teeth protected to prevent the need for future dental treatment.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
There is absolutely no age limit when it comes to having sealants placed. They are most often placed over pediatric baby teeth, but they can be just as beneficial for teens and adults alike. In order to determine if you may benefit from sealants, you’ll come in and have an examination done. The exam allows us to see if your back teeth would benefit from having sealants applied to them.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The process to apply sealants is relatively quick and easy in our office. First, we will clean and dry the back teeth. Liquid sealant is brushed over the surface of the tooth. The sealant is then cured with a bright light several times to keep it in place. Your new sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years, and we’ll check on them at each of your biannual checkup visits. Sealants are a great protective measure, but they’re not an excuse to forgo regular brushing. It is still important to brush and floss your teeth even after having sealants applied.
If you would like to come into the office for sealants, call us today so that we can schedule you with a quick and convenient appointment.