What are Sealants?
Sealants are a protective covering applied to the back teeth. This covering is clear, so no one but the dental team will know they’re even on your teeth. Sealants can protect against decay, in addition to deep staining. They are ideal for pediatric and adult patients alike, though they are most often applied to pediatric teeth.
Why are Sealants needed?
Sealants may be needed if you are prone to tooth decay, or are looking for a way to completely protect your smile. The back teeth can often be difficult to keep clean. This has a lot to do with the deep grooves and fissures found on the chewing surfaces. This is where sealants can be applied, as they help to fill in these grooves, making brushing easier and more efficient.
Who is a good candidate for Sealants?
Most of our patients are good candidates for sealants. Regardless of age, sealants can be applied to protect your teeth. We typically recommend them to our pediatric patients, who may not have the best brushing or flossing habits. However, anyone of any age can request these sealants at any time.
What happens during the procedure for Sealants?
The procedure will begin with Dr. Ju drying the back teeth. Sealant liquid is brushed onto the back teeth. The sealant is then cured and dried with a special light. Once in place, your sealant can last for anywhere from one to about three years. Depending on the wear and tear to the sealant, it may last longer for some of our patients. We can reapply the sealants as needed for as long as you would like. Having sealants on your back teeth aren’t an excuse to forgo regular tooth brushing and flossing, since they do not protect every surface of every single one of your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about sealants, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We offer quality customer service, as well as extended office hours, to make your care as convenient as possible.