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What Are Dental Sealants and Do I Need Them?

October 2, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — tyngtowndentalteam @ 6:55 pm

happy at dental appointmentYou might have heard that dental caries — commonly known as cavities — are more common than many other childhood conditions. That’s why so many dental professionals recommend that children receive dental sealants. But what about adults? Even grown-ups love to eat sugary foods, and we may all have habits that aren’t so great for our teeth. We’re all vulnerable to cavities, which is why even adults can benefit from dental sealants. Read on if you would like to learn more about this potentially tooth-saving treatment.

What Are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic that creates a barrier between a tooth’s chewing service and the food particles that could cause it harm. Therefore, this treatment can prevent cavities and give your smile a helping hand when it comes to staying healthy and functional.

Some other benefits of dental sealants include:

  • They’re durable. Their exact lifespan is difficult to predict, but your dentist will inspect them every time you go in for a checkup. Your sealants may need maintenance or replacement from time to time, but in many cases, they can last for up to 10 years.
  • They can save you money. It’s true that dental sealants present an upfront cost, but they can save you oodles of money down the road by preventing pricy procedures, such as root canals and crowns.
  • They’re almost invisible. When you speak or smile, onlookers won’t be able to tell that you have dental sealants.

What Is the Process for Applying Dental Sealants?

Even if you have a little anxiety about visiting the dentist, receiving sealants is nothing to sweat about. The process is painless, and it doesn’t take long. Here is what you can expect when you go in to receive this preventive treatment:

  • Your dentist or dental hygienist will clean your teeth.
  • Your care provider will dry each tooth and keep it dry with an absorbent material.
  • A mild acid solution is used to roughen up the surface of each tooth. The extra texture on your tooth helps the sealant bond to the enamel.
  • The dentist or dental hygienist will paint the sealant on.
  • The sealant hardens in a very short amount of time. You’ll be able to eat and drink immediately after your appointment if a craving strikes you.

Are Dental Sealants Right for You?

Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing, you can benefit from dental sealants. After all, who doesn’t want extra protection against tooth decay? Sealants can be especially beneficial for folks who have deep grooves in their molars that are difficult to clean out via your regular oral hygiene routine.

Dental sealants can save your smile! Why not talk to your dentist about them?

About the Dentist

Dr. Tom Pastor is your friendly dentist in East Wilton. He is passionate about promoting oral health through prevent dentistry and other techniques that allow his patients to have beautiful, functional smiles. If you have questions about dental sealants, feel free to contact our office at 207-645-9522.

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