What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin protective coatings that can be applied to the back teeth. These coatings will help to protect from tooth decay and the eventual need for fillings, root canals or complete extractions. While sealants are most often applied to pediatric teeth, they are just as beneficial for adults. They can be easily applied in our office without the need for anesthetic of any kind.
Why are Sealants needed?
You might want or need sealants because you are prone to tooth decay. You may be looking for a way to protect your teeth from decay and the treatment needed to eliminate it. If you’re a parent, there is no better way to protect your teeth than with dental sealants. These sealants can last for about one to three years depending on the amount of wear.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will examine your teeth to determine if sealants are right for you. Most patients who want sealants can have the procedure done. The procedure should be done on healthy teeth only, so cavities will need treatment before the sealants themselves are placed. Having sealants on your teeth isn’t an excuse to forgo regular brushing and flossing.
What happens during the Sealant process?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will first clean and dry the back teeth. The liquid sealant formula is brushed onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth only. They are then cured and hardened into place with a special bright light. You will then need to have the sealants reapplied as needed as they begin to wear away. The procedure takes just minutes in our office, but it can help to protect many cavities that would otherwise develop if they weren’t on your teeth. This procedure is great for both children as well as adults who would like to benefit from a more protective option for all of their back teeth.
If you would like to come into our office for sealants, call us today so that we can get you in for an appointment in our comfortable, spa-like setting.