What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings that are applied to just the back teeth. Most people have deep grooves and fissures on their back teeth, which can be a breeding ground for plaque and bacteria. In order to prevent tooth decay and the eventual need for fillings and root canals, sealants can be applied to just the back teeth. Sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years before replacement can easily be done.
Why are Sealants needed?
The reason you may need or want sealants is because you are looking to keep your teeth protected. Most often, they are beneficial for pediatric patients as a way to prevent tooth decay. Children don’t always have the best brushing or eating habits, so protecting back teeth from cavities can help to prevent future dental treatments that can be frightening for small kids. Regardless of age, sealants can be applied and are incredibly useful for protecting teeth.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
Most people who want sealants can benefit from the procedure being done. Dr. Bloom will first examine your teeth to determine if sealants are right for you. If your back teeth already have decay, we will suggest treatment before sealants can be placed. Keep in mind that sealants can last for one to three years depending on the amount of wear they receive.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
The sealant procedure will begin by cleaning and drying the back teeth. A liquid sealant is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of just the back teeth. The sealants are then cured with a bright light to keep them in place. Sealants are virtually clear, and only you and the dental staff will even know they are in place. Once the sealant wears away, we can just as easily reapply it as needed. Both adults and children can benefit from having sealants placed on the back teeth.
If you would like to come into our office for sealants, call us now and our friendly staff members can teach you more about the procedure as well as schedule you for an appointment in our office with minimal wait times.