What Is Dental Sealant?
Dental sealant is a protective coating that is used to protect healthy teeth from future decay or infection. It is an invisible barrier that acts as a shield against bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Sealant is most often used on the rear molars, which have the deepest grooves and therefore the most potential for plaque accumulation. Although pediatric dental sealant is most common, adults without any decay, cavities, or fillings in the affected teeth can also receive sealant. If you are prone to cavities or decay, sealant may help you prevent further infection or oral health complications.
The Benefits of Sealant
Dental sealant can be applied to adult teeth, but is most commonly used in the field of pediatric dentistry. Many dental disorders can take root in adolescence, making regular dental care essential to the preservation of your child’s oral health. Dental sealant is one of the best ways to protect your child’s newly grown adult teeth from excessive decay that can lead to cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, and other common oral health problems. In fact, sealant is so effective that it can reduce the rate of cavity growth by nearly 80 percent after the first year of application and 60 percent after four. Sealant can also help save you money: multiple dental fillings and other similar procedures can be expensive.
Caring for Dental Sealant
Dental sealant is extremely easy to care for. Aside from regular dental check-ups to spot any cracking or chipping, you’ll simply need to maintain your comprehensive oral hygiene regimen. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss regularly. With proper care, your dental sealant can last for anywhere from five to 10 years.
What Can I Expect From a Sealant Appointment?
When you or your child arrive for a dental sealant appointment, you will be guided to a treatment room where your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to prepare for the application. Your dentist will then coat your teeth with a professional solution that will roughen the surface in order to facilitate the adherence of the sealant. Once the teeth are dry, the sealant is applied and cured using a special UV light. The entire appointment will typically take under an hour, although the amount of time can depend on the individual needs of the patient.
Schedule an Appointment
Protect your child’s smile for years to come with our professional dental sealant at Gilbert Dental Group in Greenville, South Carolina. For more information on our oral health services or to schedule an appointment online or send us a message here.