What are Sealants?
A sealant is a preventative measure that you can take to avoid cavities. Sealants are thin, clear coverings that are applied to the teeth. Most often, sealants are best suited for the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants can last for anywhere between one and three years and can be reapplied as needed.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants are often recommended to patients who are prone to developing cavities or who may not have the best oral hygiene. They’re suitable for children who would otherwise be developing numerous cavities that require fillings, root canals or complete extractions. Despite mainly being beneficial to pediatric patients, sealants can be used on adult teeth as well. Adults who want to protect their teeth or who already have a lot of fillings will benefit the most from sealants.
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What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?
In order to apply sealants, no anesthetic is required and it takes very little time in our office. To determine if you’d benefit from sealants, our doctor can perform an examination. Many children will benefit from sealants, especially if they do not brush or floss their teeth as regularly as they should. Your sealants can last for years and be reapplied when they begin to wear away.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
First, you will come in for an exam so that we can check the health of your teeth. Sealants are only beneficial if they’re applied to healthy teeth that are currently free of decay and other problems. The teeth are cleaned and dried before the sealant is applied. The liquid sealant is brushed onto the biting surfaces of the back teeth and hardened with a curing light. The procedure is finished once all the sealants have hardened and dried into place. We will check your sealants at each of your bi-annual appointments to ensure they’re still in place.
If you would like to learn more about sealants and think they’re a good option for you or your loved one, call our office today and we will help in scheduling an appointment for you.