Dental sealants are effective at protecting your teeth from further damage or evening a bite. They are typically placed on the biting surface of a tooth and are made of a thin plastic material.
They are normally implemented only on the back molars, but in some cases, can be used for different teeth. Sealants are used to protect the enamel of the top of a tooth by creating a protective shield on the top of a tooth.
Most commonly sealants are used to protect the back teeth of young children or teenagers from tooth decay once their adult teeth have come in. Sealants can be a great protective measure for people who are susceptible to premature tooth decay because of poor oral hygiene or biological reason. Though sealants are typically used for the sake of children, sealants can prove effective for adults who want to keep their teeth protected.
Installing sealants is a very simple process. First, the teeth are cleaned and dried completely. After the teeth are dried, we put a solution onto the teeth to create a rough surface which will help the sealant adhere to the surface of the tooth. Then we will put the sealant on the tooth, and depending on the type we think will be best for you, will let it air dry or cure under s special light.
There is no age limit on protection! Sealants are great for keeping teeth healthy, no matter the age of the person who has them. It is common for some adults who want to take extra care of their teeth to have sealants installed, and we think it is a good idea for many adults.
No matter your age, you are at risk for tooth decay, so any preventative measures you can take are good. Of course, it is important to consult us before deciding that you want sealants, but we will be more than happy to help you. Give us a call if you think sealants might be the right option for you.