Dental sealants can be an effective safety measure for preventing cavities from forming. Patients typically receive sealants to protect small, vulnerable grooves in the teeth. Family Dental Group provides sealants and other services to residents of Laguna Hills.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush to get between the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
WHAT ARE SEALANTS?
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on your tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective.
WHEN ARE SEALANTS APPROPRIATE?
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. It is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
HOW ARE SEALANTS APPLIED?
Sealants are simple and quick to apply to the teeth. The teeth are first thoroughly cleansed and then dried to ensure a strong bond. Then, the sealant is painted onto the enamel, and begins to bond to the tooth within minutes. In some cases, this process is accelerated with the use of a curing light.
HOW LONG DO SEALANTS LAST?
Sealants typically last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be resealed.
If you are receiving sealants as a protective measure or need a check-up on your current sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Family Dental Group offers sealants and a range of other dentistry services to residents of Laguna Hills.