Dental sealants are protective plastic coating. They are applied to the back teeth, which are prone to decay. Teeth with shallow grooves do not require sealing. However, those with small fissures need it. The reason for this is that they can’t be cleaned adequately with a toothbrush because the bristles are large enough to reach the areas.
But the dental sealants can bond in the tiniest grooves. When they harden, they form a protective shield over the tooth enamel. As a result, they prevent food from going in the grooves, thereby, preventing a buildup of bacteria. Furthermore, sealants can form a smooth surface allowing you to clean your teeth quickly.
What are the benefits of having dental sealants?
Protecting healthy smiles
When keeping your teeth and gums healthy, you should brush and floss regularly. Unfortunately, you may still suffer from dental cavities even if you are diligent about your oral health. If this is your case, dental sealants might just be the best option for you.
Although dental sealants are usually used to treat children’s teeth, they can be effective for adult patients too. They provide a protective barrier to your teeth’s surface that can be prone to cavities. The protection keeps out not just food particles but also bacteria. As a result, it reduces the incidence of cavities.
Dental sealants can be an additional expense. However, you must keep in mind that treating a cavity can cost a lot as well. It is especially true if you do not have any dental insurance.
Most American adults have over three decayed teeth. Thus, the costs of long-term treatment could add up. Dental sealants, on the other hand, will only cost less compared to having a curative treatment.
Apart from saving money, dental sealants can help in saving you time from rearranging schedule and spending time sitting in a dentist’s chair.
As dental sealants lower your risk of suffering from dental cavities, you’ll no longer have to deal with spending time dealing with your oral health issues. You may, however, need to spend at least 30 minutes of your time undergoing professional cleaning every six months.
Enjoying healthier teeth
Tooth decay will not only cause a toothache, but it also results in severe oral health issues. Although your dentist will fill your cavity with a particular material, the strength of your teeth has already been compromised.
Thus, it is better to avoid cavity entirely through dental sealants than treating it with dental cavities, root canal, and other dental procedures. With dental sealants, you can enjoy having healthier teeth.
The application of dental sealants to your teeth will only take a few minutes. Furthermore, the entire process is painless.
How long will they last?
They wear down in time. However, they can last up to ten years. But your dentist must regularly check them for signs of wear or chipping. If any wear is seen, your dentist will either replace or add sealant to make sure that your teeth are protected from decay.
Always keep in mind that prevention is worth your time. Make an appointment with Michael Mabry DDS MAGD to help protect your natural teeth and protect them from cavities.