Cavities can be an annoying problem, but what if there was a way to help prevent them in addition to good oral hygiene? That’s what sealants are used for! It’s always important to brush your teeth on a regular basis, but sometimes there might be a spot that’s easy to miss or hard to reach.
Sealants are typically applied on the top of your back molars and provide protection for your teeth. They essentially act as a barrier between the tooth and the food you eat. Since molars can often be hard to clean due to their uneven nature, sealants might be a good option if you are consistently getting cavities in your back teeth. In fact, sealants have reduced the risk of decay by 80% in molars.
Applying sealants is painless and should last several years before needing to be reapplied. The tooth it will be applied to will be cleaned and dried. Then, an acidic gel will be placed to roughen up the surface of the tooth. This gel will be rinsed off, followed by your tooth being dried again. Once that’s done, the sealant will be applied and hardened with a blue light.
Sealants are typically used as an optional preventative. Here are some of the benefits of applying it to your teeth:
Helps prevent cavities
Can stop early signs of decay
Lasts for years
Saves money from cavity filling
A dental sealant is very easy to apply and will only take about a few minutes for each tooth it’s used on. If you’re careful with what you eat, a sealant can last for up to ten years, but if one ever becomes chipped or damaged, you can come back to see us to get it reapplied.
Sealants are a great tool to assist you in maintaining good oral hygiene. Brushing is always important, but sealants are there to protect your teeth in the spots you might be missing. If you’re interested in getting sealants, call us today to schedule an appointment.