What are dental Sealants?

Sealants are specifically designed to protect your teeth from decay. On each of your back teeth, there are deep fissures and grooves that are hard to keep clean. These areas on a tooth are often the most susceptible to decay, which would cause the need for fillings or even root canals. Sealants can be carefully applied to these teeth, protecting them from staining and cavity infiltration.

What Are Dental Sealants

Why would you need Sealants?

We often advise our patients to get sealants if they are more susceptible or prone to tooth decay. If your posterior teeth have a lot of grooves and deep fissures on them, it might be a smart idea to consider sealants as a way to further protect them. Sealants have the ability to protect your teeth for up to three years. They naturally wear off over time and can be reapplied as often as necessary.

Why Would You Need Sealants

What makes someone a candidate for dental Sealants?

When it comes to dental sealants, there is absolutely no age limit as far as who would benefit from them. Sealants are great for children who might be more prone to cavities because of what they eat and how they brush. However, it’s not uncommon for our adult patients to benefit just as much from these sealants. It’s important to note that sealants are clear, so no one will even be aware that they’re on your teeth.

What can be expected during the Sealant appointment?

The process to apply dental sealants takes minutes in our office. You will have long-term protection against both deep staining and tooth decay on the back teeth. We will clean and then fully dry the back teeth. The teeth are then covered with a clear liquid sealant varnish that is brushed lightly onto them. These sealants are cured and hardened with a safe bright light. It is important to brush and floss regularly even with the sealants in place.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants either for your own benefit or for a loved one, call our office now and one of our team members can answer any of your questions.