A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the surfaces of back teeth to help prevent tooth decay and cavities. At Lutke Dental, they are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars as they are the most susceptible to decay due to the anatomy of the teeth and where food particles tend to get stuck. For children or teens with a high risk of getting cavities, we may recommend sealants to protect them from developing further tooth decay that can ultimately affect the permanent teeth underneath the gum line.
Applying a dental sealant is a quick process that involves cleaning the teeth first and removing any plaque and debris. Next, the tooth will be rinsed and dried thoroughly. The dentist will then paint the sealant onto the tooth. A special light is used to harden the material. It only takes a few minutes for the sealant to form completely. The patient will be able to eat right after the procedure is complete. Admitting sealants to children’s teeth when they erupt from the gums is beneficial. Older children and teens may also benefit from having this procedure done. However, adults can also benefit from this preventive treatment if they have an increased risk of getting cavities. Dental sealants benefit patients recovering from orthodontic treatment since they make them less likely to get new cavities in areas where the metal brackets were attached. It can also help older patients prevent dental caries from recurring problems.
Even though dental sealants are primarily used on children, they can also benefit adults. In addition to protecting the teeth, the procedure is painless and does not require anesthesia or drills. This makes dental sealants a simple and convenient option for protecting your teeth.
Having dental sealants placed on the chewing surfaces of your teeth can benefit you in several ways! A sealant is a thin, clear coating that is painted onto the teeth and seals up the deep grooves in the teeth where food particles and bacteria tend to stick. This prevents tooth decay in those locations, as plaque cannot accumulate and cause damage. When fluoride is applied to the tooth's enamel, the sealant creates a protective shield around each tooth. The molars are the teeth that benefit the most from sealants because they naturally have deep and wide fissures and grooves that lead to many possible areas of decay. It is essential to get sealants applied to your permanent molars before they come in to prevent future issues.
Dental sealants can protect the tooth from developing early signs of decay and protect its nerve from exposure. If you want to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants, visit Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141 to schedule an appointment.