What are Sealants?
Dental sealants can help to protect your back teeth from tooth decay. Decay often affects the back teeth because there are deep grooves and pitting on the chewing surfaces. If you’re prone to developing decay or you’re looking for a way to further protect your teeth, clear sealants can be the solution you’re looking for. Most sealants can last for anywhere from about one to three years before we can reapply them as needed.
Why would Sealants be needed?
The main reason for needing sealants is because you have deep grooves, pitting and fissures on the back teeth. You might be looking for a way to protect these areas from decay, which would cause the need for fillings or even root canals. Children can especially benefit from sealants, since their dietary and brushing habits aren’t always the best. Sealants are crystal clear, so no one will even know you have them on the backs of your teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
To determine if sealants are needed, we will examine your teeth. Most adults and children who have deep grooves and fissures on the back teeth can benefit from sealants. Sealants can only be applied to otherwise healthy teeth. If there’s a cavity present at the time of having sealants applied, this will need to be treated before applying the sealant.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The procedure begins by cleaning and drying the back teeth thoroughly. We then brush on a clear varnish to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth only. This means that it is still important that you brush and floss daily to keep your teeth healthy and clean. We will cure the sealants with a specialty dental light that essentially hardens the liquid sealant into place. Sealants can be reapplied as often as they are needed. The vast majority of sealants can last for up to three years depending on how much wear they receive.
If you would like to come into the office for a consultation regarding sealants, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.