Are you looking for a way to cut your risk of cavities by 80%? Dental sealants were pioneered for children, but they work for adults, too. Sealants are easy and quick to place. And they’re long-lasting, too–they can protect your teeth for up to 10 years!
Dental sealants are growing in popularity because they offer many benefits, including:
- Good cavity prevention
- Subtle appearance
- Preserves natural tooth enamel
- Long-lasting protection
Dental sealants are making the jump from a children’s procedure to adults primarily because they work. Studies show that people at high risk for cavities can see a dramatic reduction in their risk–80% or more according to studies–by using dental sealants.
The sealants are clear so nobody will know you’re using them. And unlike fillings, sealants require basically no removal of your natural tooth enamel.
And dental sealants can protect your teeth for a long time–possibly as much as 10 years.
One of the biggest benefits of dental bonding is that it can be completed in one visit. You come in, we apply the bonding,cure it, and you’re done. This may take as little as half an hour–very fast!
Bonding is also inexpensive, a fraction of the cost of ceramic restorations.
While veneers and crowns require removing a substantial amount of tooth material to make room, bonding can be applied with just a little bit of roughening of the surface. This makes it the perfect cosmetic dentistry choice for people with dental anxiety, although sedation dentistry can also help.
Because bonding doesn’t require us to change your teeth, it’s also largely reversible. Don’t like the look, and we can remove the bonding, polish your teeth, and you’re back to where you started. This makes it a great way to “try out” cosmetic dentistry before investing in something more expensive like veneers.
And, of course, dental bonding delivers very attractive initial results. With polishing, bonding looks very much like natural tooth enamel.
Can I get sealants if I already have cavities?
Yes. It’s best to get sealants before you get cavities, but after a cavity is filled, we can apply a sealant to protect your teeth from future decay.
How Dental Sealants Work
Dental sealants are a clear plastic coating that goes over your back teeth to seal off the deep crevices in your molars. This prevents food and bacteria from getting trapped in the crevices, which can lead to tooth decay, and potentially tooth infection.
The crevices in the back of our teeth developed when we had to grind a lot of our food, including more seeds and plant roughage. Modern food is much softer than what our ancestors ate (good thing, too–they spent about half their waking hours chewing!), so we don’t need these deep crevices anymore. They just become places were food and bacteria can collect.
The Dental Sealant Process
The dental sealant process is easy and quick.
First, we’ll check your teeth for weakening and decay. If we find any, we’ll treat it. Next, we’ll clean your teeth. A mild acid wash helps clean your teeth and creates a rough texture for the sealant to blond to. Then we paint the sealant on. It cures and you’re done.
The entire process takes a half hour or so, and then your teeth can be protected for a decade.