The sealant is a protective barrier between your tooth and the bacteria in your mouth. Most sealants can last for about one to three years before they can simply be reapplied.
What’s a Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant helps to protect one or more teeth from dental decay. Dental decay often requires the need for fillings, root canals and even full extractions. The sealant is a protective barrier between your tooth and the bacteria in your mouth. Most sealants can last for about one to three years before they can simply be reapplied.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants are typically recommended to patients who are prone to developing cavities and children. Patients who may not have the best brushing techniques or oral hygiene habits can benefit from sealants. The procedure is done quickly in our office and requires absolutely no anesthetic. The sealant itself is clear, so you won’t even know it’s there once it’s been put in place.
What makes you a good candidate for Sealants?
Before a sealant can be placed, you’ll come in for a consultation and exam. Most people who want sealants are good candidates to have them placed. Some reasons to consider this procedure include:
• You are prone to developing cavities
• You want to protect your teeth from needing fillings, root canals or extractions
• Your child doesn’t take good care of their teeth
• You or your child tend to eat a lot of sugary sweets or has a bad diet
• Your child has already had to have fillings or extractions done
What can be expected during the Sealant procedure?
Dr. Melissa Schuldt will first clean and dry the tooth that will receive the sealant. The sealant liquid is brushed on the chewing or biting surface of the tooth. The liquid is hardened into place using a curing light. Once the sealant is in place, it’s completely clear and protects the delicate grooves of the tooth from decay. You will need to come in for routine dental checkups regardless of having sealants on your teeth. The sealants may need to be reapplied after a few years as they wear away.
If you think you may benefit from sealants or want to learn more about this preventative option, call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members.