We're always seeking fresh ways to prevent decay. Dental sealants aren't an emerging technology by any means - they've been in use since the 1970's - but their effects are still impressive.These thin coats protect at-risk teeth from cavities, and help keep your kids out of the dental chair. Think of dental sealants as the ultimate in preventive dentistry: once they're put in place, they won't need upkeep or attention for many years. And throughout that time, they're tirelessly protecting the teeth they cover.
Dental Sealants FAQ
What are dental sealants made of?
Sealants are thin layers of plastic painted over one or more teeth.
How do dental sealants work?
Our molars have thin fissures and grooves covering their surfaces. These areas act as traps for bacteria, and are also difficult to clean, making them welcome homes for cavities. Sealants cover the problematic surfaces with a thin, protective coat to keep decay from taking its toll.
How are sealants applied?
After the target tooth has been carefully cleaned and dried, an acidic solution will be applied to its surface. This etches the tooth slightly, creating a rough texture to which the sealant will better adhere. Then, the sealant will be painted on and hardened with a curing light. The process is quick and comfortable.
Who needs sealants?
Sealants are especially valuable for children, because they protect teeth during an age when brushing and flossing aren't top priorities. They will also help prevent your kids from needing to have cavities filled, which can be the cause of negative dental associations. We want kids to grow up loving the dentist, and keeping their teeth cavity-free helps accomplish that.
Adults with weakened enamel or other problems making them cavity-prone are also welcome to receive sealants. Ask us if you're concerned about your or your children's teeth; sealants could help.