Do you ever wish there was a way to protect your smile from tooth decay and other dental issues? Well, we’re thrilled to tell you that there is! Dental sealants will give you exactly what you want. They are thin, natural-looking products that will cover your teeth and protect them from the harmful substances that threaten them each day.
Who should get sealants?
Usually, children are encouraged to protect their teeth with dental sealants. This is because their smiles are more prone to tooth decay and other dental issues because they might not necessarily know how to properly care for their teeth. However, adults are also encouraged to use dental sealants if they do not have any tooth decay or dental fillings in their molars.
How are sealants applied?
A sealant is applied with an easy and simple process. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth that is receiving the sealant. Then, he will dry it and will surround it with cotton swabs to keep the tooth dry for a long period of time. Next, he will roughen the surfaces of the tooth with an acidic solution. This will help the sealant bond to the tooth. Your dentist will then rinse and dry the tooth once again. When the tooth is ready, he will paint the sealant onto the tooth and will harden it with a special light.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants generally last up to 10 years if they are frequently checked. If something happens to the sealant, your dentist will be happy to replace it as soon as possible.
Call Wellwood Family Dentistry today at 410.486.3898 if you would like to learn more about dental sealants. Dr. Elliot Einbinder and our entire dental team will be thrilled to teach you all we know about this beneficial treatment!