We Typically Recommend Dental Sealants to Patients Who Have a Lot of Fillings or Are Prone to Cavities.
What Are Sealants?
Dental sealants are used to protect teeth from decay. If you’re prone to developing cavities or have a child who may not always brush their teeth well, sealants can prevent the need for fillings, subsequent root canals and extractions. Sealants are only applied to the chewing or biting surfaces of the teeth, but they are completely clear. This means that no one but our team of experts will know that sealants are even on the teeth.
Why Are Sealants Necessary?
We typically recommend dental sealants to patients who have a lot of fillings or are prone to cavities. Children are most susceptible to developing dental decay, so protecting their vulnerable teeth is beneficial because it prevents the need for more invasive treatment. Sealants can be done in one visit to our office and the procedure requires no sedation or anesthesia whatsoever. We can help in answering any questions that you have regarding sealants, as they’re suitable for both pediatric and adult patients.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for Sealants?
Sealants can last for about one to three years and can then be reapplied as needed. We can determine if you would benefit from sealants during your next dental checkup. Some common reasons to consider sealants include:
• Your child already has fillings or has had teeth removed because of decay
• Your child does not brush or floss their teeth well
• You or your child has poor eating habits
• You have many fillings in your mouth and want to avoid needing more
• You want to protect your teeth as much as possible
What Happens During the Procedure for Sealants?
Dr. Nicolette will begin by cleaning and fully drying the teeth that will receive the sealant. The sealant starts out as a liquid that is brushed onto the biting surfaces of the teeth. The liquid hardens under a curing light that is placed directly over the tooth. Sealants can be applied to one tooth or multiple teeth in the mouth. The sealants will be checked each time you come in for a routine dental visit. Just because you have dental sealants does not mean that you shouldn’t take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing them daily.
If you are interested in sealants for either yourself or a loved one, call our office today and our staff members can help in answering your questions.