What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coatings that help to prevent tooth decay and deep staining. They are especially beneficial for pediatric patients, but they can be a great protective covering for adult teeth as well. They are often applied to only the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants can last for up to three years before reapplication may be needed.
Why are Sealants needed?
The reason sealants are often needed is because you are prone to tooth decay, already have a lot of fillings or because you don’t have the best eating and brushing habits. Sealants help to protect against tooth decay and the eventual need for fillings, root canals and complete extractions. Most often, they’re applied to pediatric baby teeth because kids don’t always have the best oral hygiene habits. However, they are just as beneficial for adults looking for a way to further protect their teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Sealants are great for both pediatric and adult patients. The procedure requires absolutely no anesthetic and can be done in just minutes. They are completely clear, so no one will even know they’re on your teeth. We can reapply the sealants as they wear away or on an as-needed basis.
What happens during the procedure for Sealants?
The procedure begins by cleaning and drying all of the back teeth. Sealants start out as a liquid that is brushed onto just the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Once the sealant material has been applied, we’ll cure it with a bright light to prevent it from being washed away. Sealants can last for anywhere from one to about three years before you may want to consider reapplication. The procedure itself is incredibly easy and convenient, and the sealants themselves can protect and save your teeth from the need for fillings and other more invasive procedures because of tooth decay.
If you think you might need sealants and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we will be able to schedule an appointment for you.