Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to adequately clean every depression and groove of your teeth. This is especially true of your molars, the back teeth you use to chew. Dental sealants add extra protection for the grooved and pitted areas that toothbrushes can’t reach all the way into.
Dental sealants are coatings that are used to help prevent tooth decay from occurring. These coatings are usually placed on the chewing surface of the molars and premolars to help protect them from decay. The sealant quickly bonds to the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Sealants are a quick, easy, and painless way to help prevent cavities.
Book an appointment with one of our dentists to find out if sealants can help you.
What Do Sealants Treat?
Because of the ease and likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the premolars and molars, children and teenagers are commonly candidates for sealants. However, adults can also benefit from sealants because a tooth without a cavity is stronger and healthier than a tooth with a filling or untreated decay. Sealants are less expensive and easier to apply than fillings and can last many years. As you age, new dental sealants can be placed on your molars.
How Do I Know If I Need Sealants?
The best way to determine if sealants are a good solution for you or your children is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then examine your teeth, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
How Do I Get Sealants?
If you think you or your children might benefit from sealants, you should make an appointment with your dentist. Sealants are a commonly performed procedure that can help prevent more serious problems. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.