Sealants for Teeth
Brushing and flossing are good oral habits that can help rid your teeth of plaque and food particles. Unfortunately, some areas in your teeth (known as fissures) are hard-to-reach for toothbrushes, exposing you to the risks of cavities and tooth decay. Dental sealants work to keep out potential harmful foods and plaque by safeguarding these areas.
What are sealants for teeth?
✓ Dental sealants are protective coatings applied to the surface of your teeth to prevent wear and tear and cavities.
✓ They are a preventative measure that involves the use of a protective liquid known as sealants on the surfaces of the back teeth, usually the premolars and molars.
✓ When sealants are applied to the teeth, they bond quickly, filling grooves and depressions that are more likely to accumulate plaque.
✓ They serve as a protective layer against food and bacteria.
✓ They also prevent food debris and particles from becoming trapped on the teeth and contributing to decay.
✓ Dental sealants are long-lasting and can remain in place for many years, offering maximum protection against decay and cavities.
✓ If applied correctly, sealants for teeth are more than 80% effective at preventing cavities in the rear teeth.
What is the process for dental sealants?
✓ At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we believe in making sealants for teeth a simple and comfortable procedure for our patients.
✓ It only takes a few minutes to apply the coating on each tooth but first, your gums and teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried to ensure that there’s no food debris that can get stuck under the coating.
✓ Next, a special liquid is added to the teeth so the sealant can properly attach and then a clear or tooth-colored sealant is painted directly onto your teeth.
✓ The sealant is runny and is allowed to flow into all the nook and crannies of the tooth.
✓ Lastly, a special light is used to harden the sealant and bond it to the tooth.
✓ The entire process is fast as it takes only 1-2 minutes to apply the sealant to each tooth.
✓ Plus, the procedure is painless and doesn’t require the use of anesthetic.
Who needs sealants?
✓ While everyone can reap the benefits of sealants for teeth, they are especially useful for children since they don’t always practice proper oral hygiene.
✓ If your child has developed a few molars, they are good candidates for dental sealants.
✓ If you’d like to know whether you or your child needs sealants, consider booking a consultation at BrightCraft Dental and Laser.
How long do sealants last for?
Sealants for teeth may wear out over time due to pressure but they can last up to a decade, especially if correctly applied and maintained. However, we recommend that you visit your dentist regularly to check their status and ensure that they haven’t become worn or chipped.
Are sealants for teeth safe?
Dental sealants are completely safe. They are made of a durable resin material that’s FDA-approved and is not harmful to the teeth. Sealants simply act as a barrier between your teeth and any food or debris that could cause decay.
What are the advantages of dental sealants?
The benefits of sealants for teeth include:
✓ Provides protective coverage against plaque and food particles
✓ Prevents decay in the fissures
✓ Prevents cavities
✓ Can last for as long 5 to 10 years
✓ Improved oral health
Schedule an appointment for dental sealants today!
If you want to protect your teeth against cavities, sealants for teeth are an effective option. At BrightCraft Dental and Laser, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about dental sealants. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss yours dental sealant treatment.