Dental sealants have become increasingly popular in recent years. A dental sealant works like a thin sheet of plastic that coats the surface of the tooth. Typically, sealants are only used on the back teeth, like the molars and premolars, and are only placed on the chewing surface of the tooth. This plastic coating bonds firmly to the tooth and works to protect the tooth from future damage.
Below is a closer look at what a dental sealant is and how it can help you protect your teeth. This will help you determine if this dental treatment is right for you or not.
What Are the Benefits?
The primary purpose of dental sealants is to protect the tooth from future tooth decay. While brushing and flossing are extremely helpful at preventing decay, these techniques cannot reach all the areas of your teeth. The sealant coats directly to the tooth and is able protect even the smallest areas of your tooth. This helps to prevent tooth decay and help you retain the overall health of your teeth.
The dental sealant process is very easy to perform and can be completed at our office.
- Your dentist will start the process by thoroughly cleaning the teeth that are going to be treated.
- The grooves of the teeth will then be widened slightly to make sure that there is no plaque in the depths of the grooves.
- As soon as the teeth have dried completely, an acidic solution will be applied to your teeth. This solution will make the teeth a little rougher on the surface. This will help to securely bond the sealant to the tooth.
- The plastic coating will then be carefully applied to each tooth being treated.
- Once this is completed, the coating will set by a high intensity light.
Dental sealants can protect your teeth for up to 10 years. After this point, it will be necessary to reapply an additional coating on each tooth.
Is It Right for You?
In order to be a good candidate for dental sealants, there must not be any type of tooth decay or fillings on the tooth to be treated. This makes young children and teenagers, ages 6 to 16 years old, the most popular age to have this type of treatment done. However, if your tooth does not, or has never had, any type of tooth decay, then it may be suitable for you. Your dentist will examine your tooth and let you know if you are a good candidate for dental sealants.
If you think that dental sealants may a good option for you, or your children, the first step is to make an appointment with your dentist.
- The dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth to determine your current oral health.
- Your dentist may order dental x-rays to take a closer look.
- We will discuss your options and help you determine if this is right for you.