A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating placed on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to prevent decay. They’re usually placed on the molars and premolars, as those areas are more prone to getting decay. Although they’re often compared to dental fillings, sealants are more of a preventive treatment than a restorative one. Since it’s more difficult to get into the nooks and crannies of the back of the teeth when brushing, sealants can keep them protected.
The ideal candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers since they have the highest chances of developing decay in the deep grooves of their back teeth. Dental professionals generally recommend children get sealants as soon as their permanent molars and premolars grow to protect them during those years. If some baby teeth have developed deep grooves and depressions, they may also need dental sealants to keep them healthy and prevent the tooth from falling out prematurely.
The process of applying dental sealants is quick, simple, and painless. Before placing them, we will first thoroughly clean your teeth to prevent sealing in bacteria. Next, we’ll place an acid solution on the chewing surface of your teeth to help the sealant bond to them. After we rinse and dry your teeth, we’ll paint the dental sealants on your tooth enamel for it to bond and harden.
Sealants can protect you for up to a decade, but we strongly encourage you to visit us regularly so we can check them for chipping and wearing during your checkups. We can replace them if necessary.
Brushing and flossing can keep your teeth clean, but dental sealants provide extra protection for those hard-to-reach areas in the back of your mouth. If you’re interested in learning more about this service, call Best Dentistry Miami today to schedule an appointment!