Dental Sealant –
Protect Your Smile
Dental sealants are a great way to prevent your teeth from surface damage caused by tooth decay. Sealants are suitable for both adults and children, coating and sealing the grooves and fissures where decay is likely to occur. For this reason, they are a popular treatment for the prevention of cavities.
What Are Dental Sealants and How Do They Work?
Dental sealants are a very thin form of plastic coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth – usually permanent molars and premolars. The sealant bonds to the grooves and fissures of the teeth, providing an added layer of protection over the enamel of the teeth.
Because dental sealants can cover the places that are typically hard to clean when brushing and flossing, they are very effective at preventing decay and cavities.
Who Are Dental Sealants For?
Dental sealants are ideal for preventing tooth decay during the years where cavities are most likely to occur – typically between the ages of 6 and 14. However, adults without fillings or tooth decay in their molars can also receive the treatment. Sealants may also be advised to protect baby teeth with deep depressions or fissures.
What Are The Benefits of Dental Sealants and How Long Do They Last?
Many studies have shown that dental sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay. As a result, they can decrease the likelihood of tooth loss, gum disease, and bad breath becoming an issue in adulthood.
When applied by a professional and taken care of properly, sealants can last up to 10 years. They will wear away with time, but they don’t have to be removed for a new application. We will assess and keep on top of any required maintenance during your 6-month checkup.
What Can I Expect From My Dental Sealants Appointment?
The process of applying dental sealants is quick, straightforward and pain-free.
First, we’ll ensure that the teeth being sealed are cleaned and dried thoroughly. Then, we’ll roughen the surface with an acid solution to help the sealant bond. After another rinse and dry, the sealant is applied, where it molds perfectly to the shape of the tooth and is hardened.