At Tulsa Dental Center, we offer professional sealants to provide additional protection for your teeth. Certain spots on or around your teeth can be difficult to clean, and dental sealants give you an extra layer of protection designed to assist in preventing decay and cavities.
Who Are Dental Sealants Suitable For?
The majority of dental sealants are applied as soon as the back teeth come through, but adult dental sealants are not uncommon either.
Recommended for individuals with grooves or deep pits in their back teeth, dental sealants can help prevent cavities, as these grooves or pits are more susceptible to decay. Dental sealants benefit adults and children and are often recommended as soon as molars emerge from the gumline.
How do dental sealants work?
A dental sealant seals the biting surface of the back teeth, offering protection from bacteria and plaque. Sealants fill the fissures and pits where plaque tends to accumulate (these areas are highly susceptible to cavities).
Following a thorough cleaning and drying of your teeth, your dentist gently roughens the surface of your teeth using an acidic gel. This gel assists in a stronger bond between the sealant and the tooth.
The gel sits on the surface of your tooth for a few seconds, then is removed and sealant is applied. A special blue light is used to harden the sealant. The entire procedure is very quick and painless.
Why are dental sealants needed?
The best way to avoid dental cavities is by maintaining a good flossing and brushing routine.
Since the teeth contain many grooves and hidden nooks and crannies, there are areas that will consistently be overlooked in at-home dental hygiene.
This is especially true when it comes to the back teeth, which can be very hard to reach effectively. Dental sealants serve as a protective coating on the chewing surface of your molars.
While they are no substitute for regular brushing and flossing, the safety net they provide can keep cavities at bay and stop the early stages of decay from turning into a full-fledged cavity. In fact, dental sealants can help reduce the risk of tooth decay in molars by as much as 80%!
How Dental Sealants Work
When cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth encounter food particles, acids capable of producing cavities are formed.
Dental sealants keep these food particles out, preventing acids from forming and settling on your teeth. Sealants are like an umbrella for your teeth, keeping your teeth in top condition by protecting them from the storm of decay and cavities bacteria can cause.
Can you place a dental sealant over a cavity?
Early decay can sometimes be halted with dental sealants, preventing further damage in the tooth. Sealants are typically clear, which makes it easy for your dentist to keep a watchful eye on your teeth, ensuring the sealant is keeping damage at bay.
How Long Will a Dental Sealant Last for?
Professional dental sealants typically last several years before needing to be reapplied. Maintaining regular dental check-ups allows your dentist to check the condition of your dental sealant and reapply when necessary.
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