What are Sealants?
A dental sealant is a protective coating that helps to prevent cavities and deep staining. Sealants are used to cover and coat the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. They can stay in place for one to three years, before they may need to be reapplied if needed. Sealants are ideal for both pediatric and adult patients alike.
Why are Sealants needed?
You may want, or need, sealants if you’re prone to developing tooth decay, or if you already have a lot of fillings. Sealants help in preventing cavities and stains, by forming a protective barrier between your teeth and all of the bacteria in your mouth. Children can especially benefit from the sealant procedure, because their teeth are more vulnerable to decay.
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Who’s a candidate for Sealants?
We can perform an examination to determine if you will benefit from sealants. Because the procedure is done so quickly, and the sealants themselves offer immense benefits to the health of your teeth, most patients are good candidates for treatment. Sealants are completely clear in nature, so no one will know they’re on your teeth other than you and the dental team. They wear away naturally over the course of about a year or two, and can be reapplied as often as needed.
What happens during the Sealant procedure?
Dr. Ghosh begins by drying and cleaning the teeth fully. The sealant is then brushed completely on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. Once finished, the material is cured with a bright light. This hardens the sealant in place, preventing it from being washed away. We can check your sealants to make sure they’re still in place at your bi-annual dental appointments. Depending on the amount of wear and tear you give them, your sealants will last for one to three years, and will keep your teeth protected from cavities and staining while in place. The procedure is an effective way of protecting vulnerable teeth.
If you think you might benefit from sealants, call our office today and we can get you in for an appointment.