Sealants are thin, protective coatings that are applied to the surface of the back teeth. Used as a preventative measure to ward off plaque that can cause cavities and decay, most patients can benefit from sealants.
Our teeth, especially the hard-to-reach ones in the back of our mouths, are susceptible to a variety of factors that cause plaque. Leftover food particles and other factors can produce acid that corrodes the teeth. Sealants protect the teeth from exposure to this bacteria, stopping it in its tracks before it causes further issues that could require fillings or even extractions.
Everyone can benefit from sealants, but the earlier they’re in your mouth, the better. Sealing your molars after they first grow in can keep them cavity-free from the get-go. They last for several years before needing to be reapplied. We’ll be sure to assess your sealants at your regular exams and see if you’re ready for new coatings. The process is quick and swift. We first clean and dry the tooth and then place an acidic gel in the area that roughens the surface of the tooth for a stronger bond. Then we rinse off the gel, dry the tooth, and apply the sealant into the grooves. It’s then instantly hardened with a special blue light.
If you would like to be proactive with your oral health, give us a call today to learn more about sealants. We’d love to set up an appointment and answer any questions you may have.