Many people think sealants are for kids, but the truth is that many people of all ages can benefit from the extra help that sealants give in fighting cavities. By applying a plastic coating to some of your hard-to-clean teeth, we can help you avoid the risk of cavities in these places. The effects can last for up to ten years, giving you an advantage in your battle against cavities.
Want to learn whether dental sealants are right for you? Please call 206-524-1314 or email Dr. Debra Cederbaum today for an appointment at her dental office in Seattle.
When Dental Sealants Can Help
Dental sealants can help you take care of the large, squarish back teeth in your mouth, the molars and premolars. The irregular surfaces on these teeth are very helpful for their primary job of crushing and grinding food, but they can be difficult to clean. Sometimes these teeth have deep creases and even pits where food and bacteria can accumulate, leading to cavities.
Dental sealants are often recommended in pediatric dentistry because children have difficulty cleaning their teeth. But if your tooth anatomy makes tooth cleaning a challenge, dental sealants can help. When placed, sealants keep food and bacteria out of these hard-to-clean crevices.
Studies have shown that sealants are effective for both children and adults at reducing the risk of decay, and sealants are recommended by the American Dental Association. Unfortunately, sealants are often not covered by insurance.
A Complement to Oral Hygiene
Dental sealants shouldn’t be seen as an excuse to skip brushing and flossing. Although they can reduce the risk of cavities on your back teeth, they do not prevent cavities from forming. They also provide no protection to the sides of your teeth or to your gums.
Even with sealants, you need to be committed to your regular program of brushing and flossing your teeth every day.
How Dental Sealants Are Placed
To place a dental sealant, we first clean your tooth and make sure it’s free of decay. Then a gentle acid is used to complete the cleaning and slightly roughen the surface, which will improve the bond between your tooth and the bonding material. Then your teeth are painted with the sealant, which is cured using a special light. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes per tooth.
Dental sealants typically last three to five years, but in some people they can last ten years or more.
If you would like to learn whether sealants are right for you, please contact us today for an appointment with Dr. Cederbaum in Seattle.