What are Sealants?
Dental sealants protect your teeth or the teeth of your child from tooth decay. Sealants are completely clear, so they are practically unnoticeable once they have been placed. The sealants themselves can last for up to three years before they can simply be replaced. Sealants can prevent the need for fillings, root canals and complete extractions by protecting the teeth.
Why would you need Sealants?
Most often, our doctors recommend sealants to patients who are susceptible to tooth decay. Many of our pediatric patients benefit from sealants because the protective layer prevents cavities and the need for subsequent fillings. Even adult patients who are prone to developing tooth decay will benefit from sealants. Because sealants are clear and last for long periods of time, they’re a viable option for people wanting to protect and preserve their teeth.
What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?
If you are susceptible to tooth decay or have a child who doesn’t necessarily practice the best oral hygiene, it is time to consider sealants. With the help of an exam and consultation with us here at Mykleby & Thao Family Dentistry, we can help in determining if you’ll benefit from sealants. The sealant procedure itself is quick and requires absolutely no local anesthetic. Most sealants last for anywhere from one to three years and can be easily replaced once they have worn away.
What happens during the procedure for Sealants?
You or your child will first come into the office and be comfortably seated for the procedure. Our dentist will then brush a clear liquid onto the biting surfaces of vulnerable teeth. The sealant material is then hardened with a curing light, ensuring that it stays in place. You will then be ready to come home and enjoy the fact that your teeth are fully protected. Keep in mind that just because you have sealants on your teeth, this does not mean that you can skimp on brushing and flossing. Dental hygiene is the best way to prevent cavities and the need for additional treatment.
If you would like to learn more about sealants for yourself or a child, call our office and our friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions.