Dental sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay and should be considered an option for anyone who experiences frequent cavities or any other dental issues that are related to the build up of bacteria on your teeth. A sealant is plastic coating that is applied directly to chewing surfaces of the back of your teeth, and can prevent food particles from settling into the grooves of your teeth, where by they can cause a myriad of oral health issues. Drs. D’Abadie and Hiremath have performed a number of sealant application procedures, and can help you to shield your teeth from harmful bacteria using sealants, as well. Below you will find a bit more information about dental sealants, and how they can be an effective preventative measure when it comes to the health of your smile.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants can be likened to a shield for your teeth. Each time you eat or drink, your teeth are exposed to a myriad of bacteria and food particles that can get into the fissures and grooves of your teeth and reek havoc. From minor cavities to missing teeth, harmful bacteria can cause a multitude of dental problems when exposed to your teeth. Therefore, sealants are a wonderful way to protect your teeth from the damaging effects caused by daily use.
What’s involved in a dental sealant application procedure?
The process for applying a sealant is actually very simple. Your dentist will clean your teeth and inspect them for any issues, after which they will apply a gel to the chewing surface of your teeth. This gel will then be washed off and your teeth will be dried. Finally, the sealant is painted on and allowed to sit for a few moments in order to harden. Dental sealants are clear or white, so they are virtually invisible and the procedure is itself is completely painless. The sealant application process also does not require any drilling of any kind. You can expect your sealants to last anytime between 5 to 10 years on average.
Are dental sealant applications beneficial for both children and adults?
Patients will typically experience the most benefit from sealants once they have grown in their permanent set of teeth, which is usually around 6 years of age. In the case of children, it is best if the sealant is applied just after the molars have began to break through the gums, in order to prevent early tooth decay. Though many feel as though sealants are primarily for children, adults can benefit from them as well.
Can dental sealants substitute other preventative care measures?
It’s important to note that sealants do not take the place of other preventative care measures. Fluoride treatments and regular teeth cleanings are still important for the health of your teeth and gums, and should be scheduled regularly.
If you feel as though a sealant might be an effective solution for your dental issues, please call 512-331-1477 or email us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Justin D’Abadie or Jaya Hiremath. They will be able to provide you with more detailed information about the sealant process and are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have about preventative dental care.