What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They help to form a barrier between the tooth and the bacteria in your mouth. Sealants can prevent cavities, as well as deep staining, in the grooves of your teeth. They can last for one to three years and can be easily reapplied as needed.
Why are Sealants needed?
You may want or need sealants if you’re looking for an easy way to protect your teeth. You may be susceptible to developing cavities, or already have quite a few fillings in your mouth. Children can especially benefit from dental sealants because they may not have the best hygiene and eating habits. The procedure is noninvasive and can be done in minutes.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
We can perform an exam to determine if you’d benefit from sealants. Most patients who want or need sealants can safely have the procedure done. While sealants are most suitable for pediatric patients, they are often just as beneficial for adults, and can be requested at any time throughout your care. They will wear away naturally over the course of a few years, and may be reapplied if needed.
What happens during the procedure for Sealants?
We first clean and dry the teeth before applying the sealant. The sealant starts as a liquid that’s brushed onto the biting surfaces of just the back teeth. We’ll use a special curing light to harden the sealant. Sealants are clear, so no one will know they’re on your teeth but you and the dental team. We can check on your sealants at each of your bi-annual visits, and can reapply them if needed. The sealants can be an important part of protecting your smile from cavities and deep staining so that fillings, root canals, and extractions aren’t needed.
If you would like to come into our office for sealants, or want to know more about this procedure, call us today and we will help answer all of your questions.