Dental sealants cover pits and grooves in teeth. They protect teeth from decay and allow children to avoid fillings. In addition, a sealant provides a barrier for acids in everyday foods and bacteria. In children, teeth can be sealed as soon as they erupt past the gum line. Moreover, these preventive measures can save time, pain, and money in the long run.
Of course, brushing and flossing are still the best way to prevent decay and cavities. But, sealants can act as another preventative measure. Furthermore, protecting the chewing surface of molars can prevent cavities or help keep them to a minimum. Additionally, sealants can be added at any age to help delay cavity formation and reduce the effects of decay.
What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin coatings that dentist place on teeth, normally molars and back teeth but can be placed on most teeth surfaces. This coating helps protect chewing surfaces or cusps of teeth. Also, they protect your teeth from bacteria and debris. In addition, you can save yourself from getting a few cavities or a few fillings! To preserve their effectiveness sealants should be reapplied every 5-10 years.
What’s the process?
First, you would attend a normal dental cleaning appointment. It is important that the teeth are clean and checked for any decay before starting the sealant process. Then, after your teeth are clean and you are cavity free the dentist will etch your teeth to make them a little more textured to allow for the sealant to set. Next, the sealant is applied to your textured teeth. After that, a special light is used to dry the compound. Finally, the sealant is cured and the dentist polishes the repair. Now your teeth are protected and maintain a natural appearance!
Call Ann Arbor Smiles today to see if you or a family member is a candidate for dental sealants!