What are Sealants?

Sealants are protective coverings that can be applied to the back teeth. They form a barrier between the bacteria in your mouth and the tooth itself. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth are often more susceptible to decay because of all of the grooves and fissures. To keep them protected, clear sealants are applied and can last for up to three years.

Why are Sealants needed?

The reason you may want or need sealants is because your back teeth are vulnerable to decay. You might have already had quite a few fillings placed or even have a few active areas of decay. You may be the parent or guardian of a child who doesn’t have the best brushing or flossing habits, and they might enjoy a lot of sugary foods and drinks. Sealants are clear, so no one but the dental team will even know they’re on your teeth.

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Who is a candidate for Sealants?

With an examination, we can determine if sealants are the best choice for you. Most people can safely have these sealants applied to the back teeth. Most sealants can last for anywhere from one to three years depending on the wear and tear they receive. We can just as easily reapply the sealants as they are needed. Regardless of age, sealants may be the best choice for your dental health.

What happens during the Sealant procedure?

The first step is to dry and clean the back teeth. We then apply the sealant using a brush. Sealants start out as a liquid and then are hardened into place with a curing lamp. The light helps to keep the sealant in place, preventing it from moving or shifting away. You can eat and drink normally with your new sealants in place. However, having sealants is not an excuse to avoid brushing and flossing. The teeth are still vulnerable to decay that have not had sealants placed, so you’ll still need to brush and floss normally.

If you think you might benefit from sealants, call us today at 858-350-9977, and we can help to get you scheduled with an appointment.