Sealants are a modern way for dentists to help prevent tooth decay. They are used to protect the teeth from bacteria and foreign matter from damaging and decaying the teeth underneath. Sealants are now a common part of dentistry, and here at Digital Smiles, we would be happy to discuss whether or not sealants are an option for you.
Dental sealants are a coating, usually made of plastic, that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They are used to prevent tooth decay and to halt the development of existing cavities. They are clear, so they allow your dentist to be able to continue to monitor the health of your teeth while also not discoloring them or changing the look of your natural smile. They usually last for up to ten years. Your dentist will check them to be sure there is no damage at all of your regularly scheduled exams.
Dental sealants are a good option for children and adults alike. The best time to get them is as soon as the adult teeth erupt. If a child can get sealants done as their adult teeth come in, studies show that up to eighty percent of tooth decay can be prevented. Adults can also get sealants. This is something you should discuss with our skilled dentists here at Digital Smiles.
To apply dental sealants, your dentist will first clean the teeth thoroughly. Then they will make sure they create a protective barrier around the area to keep it dry. An acid is used to texturize the surfaces of your teeth to help the sealant coating stick to the surface. Finally, a special light will be used to harden up the sealant and then you will be all done. It is a quick and painless procedure done regularly by our dentists here at Digital Smiles.
Sealants are an important part of dentistry, especially for children. Please call us at Digital Smiles today to ask about sealants, and how to protect your teeth from decay.