Sealants

Sealants

Do you want to effectively protect your teeth from damage and decay? It might be best to consider dental sealants. Modern Dental Care provides the most protective sealants for your teeth to prevent dental decay.

A sealant is a plastic resin bonded to the depression and deep grooves in your tooth’s chewing surface. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of the teeth are filled, and the tooth surface becomes smooth and even. The sealant essentially acts as a barrier, protecting the enamel on your teeth from plaque, acids, and food debris.

When the back teeth are developing, grooves and fissures form in the chewing surfaces of the enamel. These areas are virtually impossible to keep clean because the bristles of a standard toothbrush cannot reach them properly. These areas are ideal for hiding plaque and food debris, creating cavities. By forming a thin covering over the pits and grooves, dental sealants keep out plaque and debris, reducing the risk of decay.

When should a sealant be applied?

Most dentists recommend that a sealant be applied to a tooth as soon as it has erupted, as early intervention is key to preventing decay and damage. It is common for sealants to be applied to children’s teeth, as this is when teeth are at their highest risk of becoming damaged and decayed.

How long do sealants last?

Normally dental sealants can last from 3 to 5 years. However, it is common to see adult patients with sealants still intact from childhood.

As part of your general dental check-up, your dentist will check your sealants to make sure they are still protecting your teeth. A dental sealant for fissures only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealant chips or comes off the tooth, you should immediately visit your dentist or hygienist to have it repaired or replaced.

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