What Are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a type of plastic coating that is placed in the fissures (grooves) of the biting surfaces on molars and premolars to prevent tooth decay and cavities. The back teeth are vulnerable to decay because of their fissures, where bacteria and plaque get caught and cause a cavity.
Dental sealants are helpful for both children and adult patients but are more common in children’s dentistry. Since sealants prevent tooth decay, they are an excellent long-term preventive measure as your child’s teeth develop. Sealants last for several years and are replaceable.
What Happens During The Dental Sealant Procedure?
To prepare your tooth, Dr. Pulver’s office first polishes it to remove plaque and bacteria. Then an etch is used on the tooth’s surface for best sealant adherence, rinses off the etching material, and dries it thoroughly.
A special light is then used to bond the sealant after it is applied to the tooth. Finally, Dr. Pulver’s office evaluates the sealant, making sure it fits properly. The process is quick, painless, and over in minutes — perfect for children!
What Should I Do After Getting A Sealant?
While dental sealants do an excellent job of protecting you or your child from tooth decay and cavities, maintaining a regular oral hygiene routine is absolutely essential. Sealants are not a substitute for oral care but work in tandem with daily brushing and flossing. Proper care also ensures the long-term success of your sealant treatment and the overall health of your mouth.
The outsides of your teeth are protected by sealants, and a holistic oral health routine protects you from health complications like gum disease and cavities. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and floss on a daily basis to protect the entire surface of your teeth.
What Are the Benefits Of A Dental Sealant?
A dental sealant can cut cavity risks by up to 86 percent in the first year. Sealants can save you time and money by preventing tooth decay and future oral health issues. Combine good dental habits with preventive sealants to ensure your teeth stay clean and healthy.
Ready to Make An Appointment?
Searching for dental sealants near you? Dr. Pulver’s team is proud to serve the residents of Lowell, Indiana, and surrounding areas. From children’s dentistry to adult care, it’s our pleasure to call you a patient. Simply call our office at (219) 354-4061 or request an appointment using our online form. We’ll be in touch shortly to discuss dental sealant options.