What are Sealants?
A sealant is a protective covering that can be applied to the biting surfaces of your back teeth. They are beneficial in preventing tooth decay, as well as deep staining. While sealants are most often applied to baby teeth on pediatric patients, they can be just as beneficial for adults. These sealants can easily last for about one to three years without requiring any special care.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants form a protective barrier between your tooth and any of the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Because sealants are protective in nature, they help to prevent the need for fillings, root canals, and full extractions if tooth decay causes a cavity. You might need sealants if you are prone to decay or if you’re simply looking for a way to protect your teeth further. They are totally clear, so no one will even know you have them on your teeth but you and the dental team.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Virtually every patient is a good candidate for dental sealants. These sealants are only applied to the back teeth, so it’s not an excuse to give up brushing and flossing each day. We can examine your teeth to find out if sealants are right for you. If you’re a parent or guardian of a child, you may want to consider sealants as a way to protect your child’s teeth and prevent cavities.
What happens during the procedure for Sealants?
Sealants are easy to place and require absolutely no anesthetic. We first clean and dry the teeth. The liquid sealant mixture is applied to the back teeth on just the chewing surfaces. Once applied, the sealant is hardened into place so that it doesn’t wash away or fall out of place. Most sealants can last for about one to three years, and the length of time it takes for the sealant to wear away depends on your dental hygiene habits and lifestyle. We can reapply the sealant as often as needed to keep your teeth protected.
If you think you might need sealants, or want to learn more about this option, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.