Dental Sealants are Appropriate for All Ages and Protect Healthy Smiles
It is common knowledge that brushing and flossing your teeth keeps teeth and gums healthy. Unknown to many, your toothbrush bristles are too large to effectively clean in between teeth and the grooves on your back teeth. Thus, since it’s practically impossible to reach every corner of your mouth with at-home oral hygiene, the threat of cavities is always present.
Luckily, Drs. Robin and Chris Post of Centre Place Dental in Lincoln, Nebraska, have a quick fix for decay-prone teeth. We offer dental sealants to protect your teeth from decay-causing bacteria.
What are dental sealants?
Also known as a fissure sealant, a dental sealant is a protective plastic, clear coating applied to the posterior teeth prone to decay. Because of the small grooves and fissures in your molars and pre-molars, your toothbrush can’t clean these teeth diligently. Therefore, the protective powers of dental sealants are needed to keep these teeth cavity-free.
What to expect from dental sealants treatment?
It takes a few minutes for our dentists to apply dental sealants on each tooth:
- We thoroughly clean and dry the teeth to be sealed.
- We apply a lightly acidic gel to create a strong bond between the teeth and the sealant.
- Once your teeth are cleaned and rinsed, we use a small brush to paint the dental sealant on each tooth.
- We use a special light to harden the sealant.
Who needs dental sealant treatment?
Since children tend to be less diligent in cleaning their mouths and love sweet delicacies, they are prone to tooth decay. Dental sealants seal out the teeth, preventing food particles from settling in the decay-prone teeth. Fissure sealants ensure your child enjoys a cavity-free childhood.
However, since cavities affect patients of all ages, adults can also benefit from dental sealants. Prime candidates for dental sealants are patients with thin enamel, a history of cavities, or deep fissures in their molars.
Benefits of dental sealants
Cavity-prone patients don’t need much convincing to get dental sealants. However, for the record, dental sealants are worth the effort for almost everyone because they offer numerous benefits, including:
- The procedure is fast and painless
- Dental sealants can last for 5-10 years, although reapplication will be done when necessary
- Dental sealants are natural-looking
- They are safe
- They are ideal for patients of all ages
Are you interested in learning more about dental sealants? Or looking for dental sealants in Lincoln, NE? Please dial (402) 799-4977 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Robin and Chris Post for a consultation.