A dental sealant is a thin layer of material (most commonly plastic) that is placed over a tooth to protect it from general ware and prevent cavities or decay. They are typically placed on the molars – the teeth with the most usage and highest risk of cavities and deterioration. The process of placing dental sealants is quick and painless. Dr. Natalia Benda-Celenski, our Fort Lauderdale dentist at Pearl White Dentistry, will perform a routine check to make sure you are a good candidate for dental sealants and will advise you of your options.
While brushing and flossing are the biggest defense against cavities and tooth decay, sometimes, they just aren’t enough. Our molars have the highest usage out of all our teeth, are uneven, and can also succumb to grinding – many times, when we aren’t even aware, such as during the night while we sleep. Dental sealants offer an added layer of protection for teeth, especially molars that tend to accumulate small particles of food. Studies have shown that dental sealants can reduce molar tooth decay by as much as 80% by preventing food, acid and bacteria from lingering and on the teeth and causing damage.
Anyone who is prone to cavities or tooth decay should consider having them placed to further strengthen and prevent deterioration. Children are ideal candidates for dental sealants because they may not yet know how to properly brush or floss, and so, are at greater risk of developing cavities. However, individuals of any age can have dental sealants applied.
Dental sealants are placed in just a few short minutes. First, the teeth are cleaned and dried. After, a gel-like acidic material is painted on your teeth that roughens the teeth and allows the sealant to better adhere. The gel is then rinsed off and your teeth are dried once again before the dental sealant is applied. Using a special curing light, the sealant is quickly hardened and forms a strong, protective barrier that can drastically reduce your chances of cavities and other decay-related issues. Best of all, the procedure is painless. No anesthesia or sedation is required.
On average, dental sealants can last up to ten years. Good oral hygiene as well as routine checkups and cleanings can preserve your sealants and extend their lifespan. During your general checkup, Dr. Natalia will check your sealants to make sure they are in good condition. If necessary, she will reapply the sealant to maintain the protective barrier on your molars.
Both children and adults can benefit from dental sealants. If you are interested in finding out whether sealants are a good option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Natalia by calling (954) 491-8812 or contacting us online. We also welcome patients from Pompano Beach, Plantation, and Hollywood, FL.