What Are Dental Sealants and Do I Need Them?

Jun 06, 2018

You may have heard that dental cavities are more common than any other childhood condition. This is why many dentists recommend dental sealants for children. But what are dental sealants? Do adults need them as well? What about me personally?

We can answer all of these questions for you and help you understand Dental sealants a little bit better to see if they are something that you can benefit from or your child.

What Are Dental Sealants and What do They do?

Dental sealants are made of a thin layer of plastic that is applied over the top of teeth to create a barrier between the tooth and any food particles that might come into contact with it. This helps to protect the tooth from any bacteria that might want to colonize it. Therefore, dental sealants can prevent cavities and have other benefits as well.

Dental sealants are very durable. It is hard to predict the exact lifespan of dental sealants, but many dentists claim that they can last for up to 10 years with proper maintenance.

Dental sealants are basically invisible. Nobody will be able to tell that you have dental sealants.

Save you money. It is true that you may have to pay for sealants upfront, but they can prevent more costly procedures such as removing a cavity or a painful root canal.

What is The Process to Apply Dental Sealants?
The procedure of applying Dental sealants is fast and safe. First your teeth will be cleaned. Once your teeth are clean they will be dried thoroughly. Once your teeth are dry, a mild acid solution will be applied to the surface of your tooth to make it more rough. The added texture on the surface of your teeth will make it easier to apply the sealant. Then, the sealant will be painted onto your teeth. The solution dries very fast, and you will be able to eat and drink immediately after your appointment