What are sealants?
Sealants are a preventative tool in your fight against cavities on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth (molars). Tooth decay frequently begins in these small pits and grooves, and can spread quickly through the tooth. Even the most thorough toothbrushing cannot reach their depths. In order to prevent decay from starting, Hannon & Sandler Dental Office recommends placement of dental sealants soon after the susceptible adult teeth erupt into the mouth.
How do they work?
Teeth are cleaned and “painted” with a flowable resin material, which hardens and bonds to the tooth under a special light. This material is then able to “seal out” plaque and bacteria, providing a barrier against decay. After they harden, sealants generally appear clear or white, and cannot be easily seen except during close dental examination.
How long do they last?
Dental sealants may last many years before they wear out. They are made to withstand normal daily eating and brushing/dental cleanings. However, chewing hard candies, or other sticky and hard items, can easily break down sealants. Over time, dental sealants can wear away. If sealants break, wear away, or begin to show signs of failure, the tooth loses its protection. At that time, they must be replaced.
Are sealants right for me?
Teeth are in constant contact with plaque bacteria, and the cavity causing acids they produce. Our doctors place a high emphasis on preventative treatment and regular exams, protecting teeth with fluoride, and intervening with cavity development by placing dental sealants. We often recommend sealants for children and teenagers. In some cases, adults may benefit as well. Early placement and vigilant care of sealants can see a reduction in chewing surface cavities by over 80%. Now that’s something to smile about! Ask us about sealants at your, and your family’s, next visit. Schedule an appointment with the team at Hannon & Sandler today!