Some patients are more prone to decay than others due to their lifestyle, diet and genetics. However, dental sealants can help to protect otherwise vulnerable teeth from developing decay that can then result in the need for fillings, crowns and other dental work.
What is a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin, clear material that is placed on top of the vulnerable teeth and cured using a blue light. Once cured, the sealant forms a protective barrier against decay from infiltrating the tooth and resulting in the need for fillings and crowns. Sealants are ideal for both children and adults who do not have cavities.
Who is a good candidate for Dental Sealants?
The dentist will do a thorough examination of your teeth to determine if you are a viable candidate for sealants. However, some of the right candidates for this procedure include:
- Patients who are more prone to developing cavities
- Patients with deep cusps and grooves in their teeth
- Young children who have poor dental hygiene habits
- Patients who want to prevent getting cavities on teeth that do not already have a cavity.
What the Procedure is Like
The procedure for having sealants placed is done quickly and easily. No anesthesia is required to have the sealants placed. A thin, clear liquid is painted onto the tooth’s surface and into the deep grooves and hardened with a specialty light. You can expect the sealant being placed to last for one to three years until it needs to be replaced with a new one.
If you want to inquire further about dental sealants, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.