DENTAL SEALANTS: A PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR YOUR TEETH
Dental sealants are thin coatings made of plastic that are applied to the surface of your teeth to protect them from decay. Sealants are usually applied to the molars, which are the back teeth that are used for chewing, and premolars as these teeth are more susceptible to cavities due to their rough and grooved surfaces. Left in place, leftover food in your mouth can start a chain reaction that can weaken your teeth’s enamel covering, leaving you at risk for developing tooth decay. Sealants is used to protect the vulnerable surfaces of your teeth.
WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment used to protect the teeth from decay and cavities. They are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where it's difficult to clean the deep grooves and fissures that can trap food and bacteria. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the surface of the tooth and forms a barrier, sealing out food and bacteria and preventing decay. The process of getting dental sealants is quick, painless, and typically requires only one visit to the dentist. They are also a cost-effective alternative to other preventive treatments, such as fluoride treatments and fillings. It's important to note that dental sealants may need to be reapplied or replaced over time due to wear. Your dentist will monitor the condition of your dental sealants during your routine dental check-ups and will recommend any necessary treatment to maintain their effectiveness.
HOW ARE DENTAL SEALANTS APPLIED?
The application of dental sealants is a quick and painless procedure that is performed by your dentist. During the procedure, your dentist will clean and dry your teeth, and then apply a gel to help the sealant adhere to the surface of your teeth, using a special brush. The gel is rinsed off and the teeth is dried afterwards. The dental sealant will then be cured using a special light, allowing it to harden into a protective shield over your teeth. After the procedure, your dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to the shape of your tooth with the sealant applied, to ensure a comfortable fit. Dental sealants are an effective way to protect your teeth from the bacteria that contributes to tooth decay.
THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL SEALANTS
Dental sealants offer several benefits for maintaining good oral health, including:
Protection against cavities: The main purpose of dental sealants is to protect your teeth from cavities. Sealants help to prevent decay by filling in the grooves and fissures in your molars, which are the areas that are most susceptible to cavities and eventually leads to tooth decay.
Easy and Painless Application: The application of dental sealants is quick, easy, and painless. It requires no anaesthesia, and the procedure is usually completed in just a few minutes. It doesn’t require you to have any injections or drilling. It does not resolve in saliva and are safe.
Long-lasting protection: Once applied, dental sealants can last for several years, providing long-term protection against cavities.
Cost-effective: Dental sealants are a cost-effective way to protect your teeth from decay. The cost of sealants is usually less than the cost of a filling, and the benefits of sealants can last for several years.
In addition to their benefits, dental sealants are a safe and effective way to protect your teeth from decay and are recommended for both children and adults. If you are interested in receiving dental sealants, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced dentists at Woodbourne Dental. By taking advantage of the benefits of dental sealants, you can keep your smile bright and healthy, and protect your oral health for years to come.