Will I Benefit From Dental Sealants?
- Posted on: Nov 25 2018
Dental sealants are an easy, painless way to help protect teeth from getting cavities. You often hear about them being used for children and teens but may wonder if they can also help adults.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin, clear coating that’s made of plastic or other dental materials. It’s painted on the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where it adheres to the grooves and indentations in your tooth’s enamel (the hard, outer surface).
Why are dental sealants used and how do they work?
Dental sealants don’t replace brushing, flossing, and regular dental care, but they provide a layer of protection that can help keep leftover food particles from adhering to your teeth and producing cavity-causing acids. Sealants can keep some cavities from forming, and if you have early signs of decay, they can sometimes prevent it from becoming a full-blown cavity.
These sealants are particularly helpful for back teeth and have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. These teeth are particularly vulnerable to cavities because they have many grooves and are more difficult to reach when you brush and floss.
What happens during the procedure?
Getting dental sealants is painless and quick, taking only a few minutes for each tooth. Your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and dry them. Cotton or another absorbent material will be put around each tooth that’s being treated so it stays dry.
An acidic gel is then put on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to rough them up. This allows the sealant to form a strong bond on your tooth. The gel is rinsed off, and your teeth are dried. A clear sealant is then painted onto the surface of your tooth, and a light helps the sealant harden and bond to your tooth.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants provide the following benefits:
- A safe, non-invasive procedure
- Can sometimes prevent a small area of decay from becoming a cavity – And since dental sealants are clear, your dentist can easily monitor the spot to make sure it doesn’t get worse.
- Cause no known side effects (unless you have an allergy to the materials being used)
- Contains only a tiny amount of BPA – The amount won’t cause any harm, and you’ll actually get more BPA exposure to touching a receipt or breathing air.
- Long-lasting – Sealants can last up to 10 years and can easily be replaced as needed.
- Helps prevent tooth decay
- Can help you avoid more costly procedures
Are there any risks involved with dental sealants or the procedure?
Dental sealants have been used for over 40 years, and they have no known risks if you’re not allergic to the materials. It’s a safe, effective procedure, and the sealants themselves are also safe.
If you’d like to learn whether dental sealants could benefit you, make an appointment today with one of our Concerned Dental Care offices in NY. We offer high-quality dentistry that’s gentle, caring, and affordable.