A dental sealant is a plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surface of your molars. The coating creates a barrier that prevents bacteria from causing decay and cavities. Sealants are most commonly placed on the molars, but they can be used to protect permanent teeth as well. Dental sealants block out food and plaque, making it possible for the teeth to remain healthy.
Dental sealants are most commonly recommended for children to prevent cavities. The dental sealant coating is very durable, so most sealants last for many years. However, sealants can chip or crack over time, so dental sealants may need to be reapplied.
Dental Sealant - Benefits
Dental sealants are thin plastic coverings placed over the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities from forming and tooth decay. The smooth surface of the sealant makes it more difficult for bacteria to accumulate on the teeth. They are generally used on the upper back teeth.
Dental sealants are recommended for children. However, adults can also benefit from dental sealants.
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are most effective in young children. They are commonly applied to children between the ages of six and 14 and can mainly benefit the following children and young adults with a high risk of tooth decay:
- Those with deep pits and grooves in their teeth that are difficult to clean.
- Those who frequently have cavities.
- Have limited ability to tolerate dental work.
- Have an extensive history of cavities.
Have certain medical conditions or syndromes that increase the risk of cavities.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and painless procedure. The application only takes a few minutes per tooth, and it can even be done over a series of appointments.
Dental sealants are painted onto the surface of the teeth by the dentist. A curing light is used to set them in place and make them harden. Dental sealants are very thin and fragile, so the patient won't feel any discomfort. It is recommended that children get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they erupt from the gums. However, adults can also benefit from getting sealants applied to teeth that are prone to decay.
At Greenwell Springs Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental care using state-of-the-art dental technologies. To learn more about our dental services, call Greenwell Springs Dentist at (225) 261-0043 or visit our dental office located at 14127 Greenwell Springs Road, Greenwell Springs.