Sealants offer a low-fuss way to protect your teeth from tooth decay. As we age, the enamel on our teeth naturally erodes, leaving us more vulnerable to decay and leading to an increased risk of cavities. Using sealants is one way for adults to fight against this inevitable occurrence.
What are sealants? They are very thin layers of plastic coating painted onto your teeth, forming a protective barrier between the tooth and the sugars and acid that can spark decay. Children often get sealants to help defend developing teeth, in part because their oral hygiene habits are not always stellar.
For adults, sealants act as an important way to protect teeth that have developed creases or grooves as they age. Those depressions can be difficult for dentists to clean. Sealants help keep grooved teeth free of the food particles and plaque that lead to tooth decay. At our Sun City office, Dr. Donoho can apply sealants to your teeth.
Sealants are essentially an insurance policy for your teeth. They make it more difficult for the plaque, bacteria and other things that cause tooth decay to attack. If you have pits on your teeth, the sealants will fill them in. This can help with oral hygiene as well, because it’s easier to brush these spots if they are smooth.
Most adults have sealants applied to their molars. These teeth are most likely to develop the grooving, as well as most likely to suffer from tooth decay, since brushing the back of the mouth can be more difficult than the front.
Sealants usually last about 10 years. They are considered preventive treatment and so may be covered by your insurance, but you will have to check your plan.
The process of applying sealants is quick, easy and, perhaps most importantly of all, painless. It only takes one visit to adhere them, and you can even have it done in the same appointment as your regular cleaning. Here’s what happens:
When you are done, a special light may help to cure the seals onto your teeth or they will dry naturally themselves. The entire process takes only a few minutes.
We believe preventive measures can be one of the most effective ways to fight tooth decay and keep cavities at bay. We have applied sealants for many patients over the years. If you are interested in getting sealants, contact our office through our online form today, or call us at 623-633-7356.