Keeping up with your oral health and hygiene is crucial for preventing decay, but there may come a time when deep grooves on the biting surfaces of the teeth are difficult to keep clean even with rigorous and regular brushing. This is when dental sealants can play a significant role in preventing decay and maintaining the health of your smile.
What are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is made up of a thin acrylic liquid that is painted onto the tooth’s biting surface- usually on the back teeth-to prevent to decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the grooves of the tooth forming a protective layer over the enamel to prevent bacteria from reaching the tooth and resulting in the need for fillings .
Who may need them?
Dental sealants are often recommended for children who may be more prone to cavities or who don’t necessarily have the best dental hygiene practices. However, adults with very deep grooves in their teeth and those who are more prone to cavities should also consider dental sealants as a way to protect their teeth and keep them looking their best. Dental sealants can last for several years after having them placed, so you will find that it’s a layer of protection that is crucial for the preservation of your smile.
What to expect when having the procedure done
The dental sealant procedure is incredibly quick and easy, requiring no anesthesia whatsoever. During the procedure, a thin acrylic liquid is brushed onto the teeth to create a protective layer. A curing light is then put on top of the tooth to harden the acrylic and keep it from sliding off. The procedure takes just a few minutes and is easy for both children and adults alike.
Your dentist may recommend dental sealants if you or your child are prone to cavities or have deeper-than-usual grooves in your teeth. These are specifically designed to protect the teeth and prevent the need for fillings that can ultimately compromise the teeth where they are placed. Think of sealants as a protective measure in retaining the health and overall beauty of your smile without the need for more involved or invasive work.
To inquire further about this service please give our office a call and our staff members would be happy to assist you.