What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin protective coatings that help to prevent tooth decay. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are often filled with deep pitting, fissures and grooves that make it nearly impossible to keep these areas clean. This is why the back teeth are often the most susceptible to tooth decay. In order to protect them, sealants can be applied and will last for up to three years.
Why are Sealants needed?
The common reason for needing sealants is because you’re susceptible to decay. This may be due to brushing or eating habits, or because your back teeth have deep grooves and fissures that make it difficult to keep them clean. The benefit of having sealants placed is that they work to protect the teeth and prevent tooth decay. They can be beneficial for both children and adults alike, though they are more commonly applied to pediatric patients’ teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Everyone who wants an added layer of extra protection is a good candidate for sealants. There is no age limit or restriction on having sealants applied. Though they are more common among pediatric patients, adults can and will benefit from them as well. Sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years depending on the amount of wear that they receive.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
We start by cleaning and drying the back teeth. The liquid sealant is brushed over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealants are then cured into place with a bright light to prevent them from shifting out of place or washing away. You can and still should brush your teeth as usual and floss between your teeth at least once a day. We can check on the sealants at any of your upcoming bi-annual checkup visits and can reapply them as needed. With sealants, you’re less likely to develop decay on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
If you’re interested in sealants for yourself or a loved one, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible for an appointment.