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What are Sealants?
Keeping your teeth protected and healthy can be difficult. You might brush and floss twice a day, but the deep grooves and ridges on the back teeth make it hard for you to keep these areas clean. In this case, dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This clear varnish helps to fill in the ridges and grooves, making it less likely that the teeth will become decayed or stained.
Why might Sealants be needed?
There are two main purposes for dental sealants when applied to the teeth. The first, and most important, is that they can help to prevent instances of tooth decay. The back teeth can be difficult to keep clean because of all of the little grooves, pits and ridges. Sealants help to fill in these ridges to make it easier to keep the teeth clean and free of decay. Sealants can even be helpful when it comes to preventing deep staining of the back teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
There is absolutely no age limit when it comes to who would benefit from sealants. While these clear coatings are often applied to pediatric teeth, they can be highly beneficial to our adult patients’ teeth as well. To determine if sealants are right for you, we’ll examine your teeth and make our suggestions. Most sealants can last for up to three years before reapplication is needed.
What happens during the Sealant process?
The sealant process begins with cleaning and drying all of the back teeth. This is done to help prevent the sealant from falling away or not curing properly. We then brush a clear varnish over the back teeth, only on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. The sealants are then hardened and cured with a special bright light. The process takes just minutes and can provide you with years of protection against cavities. If the sealants begin to wear away, we can reapply them at your future visits as needed.
If you’d like to learn more about sealants, call us today so that we can help to answer any and all of your dental-related questions.