What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings that are typically applied to just the back teeth. The deep grooves, pitting and fissures on these back teeth make them more susceptible to decay. A clear varnish can be applied to fill in these grooves and pits to prevent tooth decay from developing. Sealants can be applied to both pediatric baby as well as adult teeth.
Why would Sealants be needed?
There are several reasons for needing or wanting sealants. In fact, there is no age limit when it comes to who can benefit from having sealants applied. Some of the most common reasons for needing sealants include:
- You have deep grooves and pits on the back teeth
- You’re looking for a way to further protect your smile
- Your or your child doesn’t have the best brushing and flossing technique
- You or your child has poor dietary habits, making you more susceptible to tooth decay
- You want to avoid the need for eventual fillings, root canals or extractions
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are ideal for most of our patients. While these protective coatings are most often applied to baby teeth, they can be just as beneficial for our adult patients as well. To determine if you might benefit from sealants, we’ll perform an exam of the back teeth. Patients who are more susceptible to tooth decay will find that sealants help to keep their teeth further protected.
What happens during the Sealant process?
We begin by cleaning and drying the back teeth. A liquid sealant varnish is then applied to just the chewing surfacing of these posterior teeth. The sealant is then cured with a bright light to harden it and create a tight, waterproof seal over the tooth itself. The process is repeated for any and all of the back teeth. Your new sealants can typically last for one to three years, and we can reapply them as needed. Sealants are completely clear, so no one but your dentist will know that they’re even in place.
If you would like to come into our office to learn more about sealants, call us today to speak with one of our professional team members. Our low wait times coupled with our one-on-one approach to care can benefit every member of your family.