Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings bonded to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent decay. At Town Center Dental, we typically recommend them for children and teenagers, but adults prone to tooth decay may also benefit from sealants.
Sealants are generally applied to the grooves of the back teeth where food particles and bacteria tend to hide. The sealant fills these grooves and creates a smooth surface that is less prone to developing cavities. The most common types of sealants are clear or white, so they blend in with natural teeth. Dental sealants can last several years before needing to be reapplied or replaced. The sealant must be replaced if it starts to crack, chip, or fall out entirely.
How Do Sealants Work?
A sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. This plastic barrier covers the pits, fissures, and other deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. The sealant prevents debris and bacteria from getting stuck in the porous surface of the teeth. It acts as a protective shield against harmful oral bacteria and acids that can erode the enamel and cause tooth decay.
Applying a sealant is a simple and quick procedure that involves roughening the surface of the teeth and applying a liquid resin material over the tooth surface as a protective coating. The material hardens and creates a smooth surface over the teeth, shielding the vulnerable areas from food particles, plaque, and decay-causing agents.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are a great preventative option as they provide a protective barrier against bacteria and acid buildup on your teeth. This helps to prevent cavities from forming in the months to come. For patients whose teeth already have some level of decay, dental sealants can still help to protect the teeth from further damage. Our dentist will be able to recommend the best form of treatment depending on your unique needs when you come in for your checkup or consultation.
Dental sealants are a quick and easy way to protect your teeth. The process is fast, painless, and can be completed in just one visit. You don’t need to change your diet to avoid hard foods after the treatment, so you can continue eating your favorite foods and smile confidently after your appointment!
If you want to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 to schedule your appointment.