What are Sealants?
Sealants are most often applied to the back teeth. They work to form a barrier between the tooth itself and the bacteria and plaque within the mouth. This can help to prevent decay from forming, which would result in the need for fillings, extractions and full root canals. Sealants are clear, and they often last for up to three years.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants are most often applied over pediatric baby teeth to keep them protected and safe from decay. However, there is absolutely no age limit on when you can benefit from sealants. Some patients are more prone to decay and will find that sealants prevent the need for fillings and other invasive procedures. If the back teeth have deep grooves and crevices, we may recommend sealants to keep these areas protected.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
With the help of an exam, we can determine if you would benefit from sealants. Most patients who want or need sealants can have the procedure done in our office. No anesthetic or drilling is required, and the procedure is done in just minutes. Our goal is to provide our patients with a full and healthy smile while undergoing routine treatment.
What can be expected during the Sealant procedure?
We will clean and dry the very back teeth. We then brush on a liquid sealant to these areas to fill in all of the grooves, fissures and crevices. The liquid is hardened and cured with a special bright light. The process is then repeated on any of the other back teeth that need to be protected with sealants. The procedure is effective for most patients, and sealants can last for anywhere from a year to three years depending on the amount of wear they receive. Sealants are great for kids who don’t necessarily have the best brushing, flossing and eating habits at home and who may be more susceptible to decay.
If you would like to come into the office for sealants, call us today to speak with one of our friendly team members.