Dental Sealants: A Tool For Fighting Tooth Cavities
Posted on 1/9/2023 by Life Long Dental
The CDC estimates that roughly 90 percent of American adults have cavities and that 1 in 4 persons have untreated decay. Cavities cause pain and may lead to infections if untreated. Our specialists can provide dependable dental services to restore your health. Discover how sealants can prevent cavities and gum inflammation.
What Are Tooth Sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin plastic placed on the tooth's surface. Typically, our dentist will apply the resin on the back molars, which are more susceptible to erosion. A sealant acts as a protective shield on the tooth, limiting food debris and bacteria accumulation. It is easier to remove food debris on the chewing surface. The resin protects the tooth from deterioration and tooth decay.
There is a misconception that sealants are exclusively for kids. While they are essential for protecting children's teeth, they are also suitable for people of all ages.
Do Sealant Treatments Hurt?
The procedure to apply sealants is usually painless. It takes approximately two or three minutes at the dental office, and local anesthesia is not required.
The treatment starts with cleaning the chewing surface with a specially formulated dental solution. The process ensures the dental resin adheres to the tooth's enamel. Our dentist applies resin on the tooth and cures it by exposing it to light. The light ensures the resin hardens faster to the surface.
Benefits of Tooth Sealants
While fluoride strengthens the tooth, sealants shield the tooth's surface. It makes it easier to remove food debris and keep your teeth out of bacteria. Sealants can prevent enamel erosion for people with teeth grinding or bruxism. The friction from grinding teeth can speed up tooth decay.
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years after application. We recommend visiting your dentist to monitor the progress of your treatment. Visit or call our dental practice to set up a dental sealant consultation today.
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