Did you know that dental sealants are just as beneficial for adults as they are for children? Dental sealants are a preventative dental treatment used to protect the teeth from cavities and decay. They “seal out” harmful acids, bacteria, and sugars from attacking the teeth. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are applied to the pits and fissures of the molars and premolars to prevent bacteria from growing in these hard to clean areas. At Riverheart Family Dentistry, we offer dental sealants to patients of all ages in order to help protect their teeth from decay. While brushing and flossing are extremely important aspects of your daily oral care, they cannot protect your teeth from everything. Toothbrushes and floss are designed to clean the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but they are not designed to reach into the grooves and depressions of the molars. It is inside these grooves and pits that food particles become stuck, and dental sealants are the most protective materials for these teeth.
Dental sealants are quick, easy, and painless in application, and they require no down town after they are applied. Following a dental cleaning, the sealants are painted on to the tooth enamel and then hardened with a curing light so that they bond directly with the teeth. The special liquid plastic material seeps into the tiny fissures and grooves of the teeth’s chewing surfaces, forming a tight barrier against harmful bacteria in the mouth. As long as dental sealants remain in place, the surfaces of the teeth are protected from decay. Dr. Travis Schwarz, DMD, will examine the sealants to make sure that they have bonded properly, and during your subsequent regular visits he will check to make sure that they are still properly in place. Dental sealants can last for two to four years before a reapplication is necessary, making them both affordable and worthwhile.
At Riverheart Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing the highest standard in comprehensive dental care. Dental sealants are an advanced preventive dental procedure that can protect the teeth from plaque, bacteria, and decay. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.