WHAT ARE SEALANTS?
Sealants are thin, clear protective coverings that can be applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth. They are meant to prevent cavities and deep staining that would otherwise occur if they weren't in place. The beauty about sealants is that they're ideal both for pediatric patients as well as adult patients. Most sealants have the ability to last for up to three years before they'll naturally wear away.
WHY MIGHT YOU BENEFIT FROM SEALANTS?
The reason you might benefit from sealants is because your back teeth have grooves, deep fissures and pitting. This can sometimes make it difficult to keep the teeth clean. Likewise, these areas can become deeply stained over time and be more susceptible to tooth decay. Both children and adults can benefit from having sealants placed.
WHAT MAKES A PERSON A CANDIDATE FOR SEALANTS?
With the help of a thorough examination, we will be able to determine if sealants are right for you. Sealants are great for patients of all ages, though we often recommend them to our pediatric patients who are just beginning to get their permanent molars. Patients who have grooves, deep fissures and pitting in their teeth are good candidates for sealants. Sealants wear away naturally in roughly one to three years after initial application.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SEALANT PROCEDURE?
The sealant procedure is quick, simple and done within minutes in our office. First, we clean and dry the teeth that are to be treated. Then, the sealant material is placed on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and is cured with a bright light, hardening the material. The process is then repeated for any other teeth that need protection. Sealants are designed to protect the chewing surface of the teeth, so it is important that you still thoroughly brush and floss your teeth in order to keep all surfaces clean.
If you would like to learn more about sealants, call us today and our friendly staff members can answer all of your questions.