A dental sealant is a thin coating painted onto the surface of the back teeth that prevent the formation of cavities. The actual application is simple and painless. This durable plastic settles into the individual grooves and ridges that a toothbrush and floss can’t always reach. The sealant acts as a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth, “sealing out” plaque and food.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Children and teenagers are top candidates for dental sealants because they are more likely to develop decay in the nooks and grooves of the premolars and molars. Adults that have never had decay or cavities filled may qualify for this simple yet effective preventative measure as well. Your dentist might also recommend that sealants be applied to your infants back teeth, especially if your child’s baby teeth have deep pits and grooves.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Applying a dental sealant is a painless and simple procedure, often completed in just a few minutes. The steps to the procedure are as follows:
- The tooth that the sealant is being applied to is thoroughly cleaned.
- The tooth is then dried and surrounded by cotton to ensure that the tooth stays dry.
- An acid solution is put on the tooth that makes the surface a little rough (the sealant applies easier to a dry tooth).
- Once the acid solution dries, the tooth is then rinsed and dried.
- Sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel in liquid form and quickly hardens.
Do Dental Sealants Last Forever?
Dental sealants can protect your teeth from decay for up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental visits for signs of wearing or chipping away. If need be, the dentist or hygienist can add more sealant material.
Dental Sealants Applied At Duffield Dentistry
When having procedures done to your teeth, it is important to find a dentist that you can trust to handle your cosmetic and dental procedures professionally and with the comfort you expect. Dr. Larry Duffield has a special interest in providing all aspects of dentistry, allowing his patients to have all of their dental needs taken care of in one location. Services range from cosmetic dentistry to conscious sedation, dental implants, dental sealants, dental crowns, root canals, simple orthodontics and gum treatment. Call (248) 721-4502 today to learn more about dental sealants and how they may be right for you or your child. Improve your dental health today with dentist Dr. Duffield and and the professional staff at Duffield Dentistry.