What are Sealants?
Sealants are protective coverings placed on the back teeth. Oftentimes, the back teeth have deep grooves and ridges that make it difficult to keep these areas clean. In order to protect them from tooth decay, we apply a clear sealant that fills in these grooves and fissures. Sealants can last for about one to three years depending on the amount of wear they receive.
Why are Sealants needed?
The reason you may need sealants is because you’re looking for a way to further protect your teeth. You may be prone to decay and are having a hard time keeping your teeth healthy. For children, sealants offer them the protection they need when their eating and brushing habits are less than perfect. There is no age limit or restriction when it comes to having sealants applied.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
Most patients who want sealants can and will benefit from having them placed. We will perform an exam to determine if your back teeth are healthy and free of decay. If they are, we will apply the sealants as needed and can reapply them as they wear away. The process of applying sealants is quick, easy and minimally invasive.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
The sealant process begins by cleaning and drying the back teeth. Liquid sealant is then applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth only. We then cure the sealants using a bright light. This bright light helps to keep the sealants in place and prevents them from shifting or washing away. You can expect your brand new sealants to last for up to three years, depending on the amount of wear they receive each day. We often advise parents to have sealants placed on their children’s teeth as a way to keep them protected until the baby teeth naturally fall out. Sealants are beneficial for both adults as well as children.
If you think you may need sealants and want to know more about them, call us today to schedule an appointment to come in.