Sealants (also known as dental sealants) can be compared to armor protecting our teeth against the formation of cavities. Made of plastic material, sealants are most useful when applied to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars at the back of your mouth, because those teeth are the ones that are most susceptible to decay.
Aside from the smooth surfaces that are easily seen, your teeth have ridges and grooves where leftover bits of food can get trapped and turn into plaque. Flossing and brushing can remove the dental debris, but not completely. Here at the office of Dr. Justin Devack DMD PA which is located in Tamarac, FL, we offer the application of dental sealants which can give added protection to your teeth, especially hard-to-reach spots, by preventing food and plaque from settling in and causing tooth decay.
The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and may last several years before a reapplication is needed. During your regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
The procedure for applying dental sealant is painless, and can be done quickly.
- The first step is cleaning. Your dentist will remove surface dental debris. A clean tooth makes it easier for sealant bonding.
- Next, your teeth enamel is painted with the sealant.
- When the sealant hardens, the ridges and grooves of your teeth gain a protective coat, sealing the possibility of decay away. Acids that can attack the tooth are also kept at bay.
Anyone can benefit from getting a sealant, but children and teenagers can get the most out of it because cavities and tooth decay often happen to them more either due to the immaturity of their teeth, their fondness for sweets and junk food, or their lack of discipline to maintain dental health.
As such, it would be in the best interest of young people to get dental sealants as early as possible, with the optimum time being when their permanent teeth start showing.
Sealants can be useful for several years, but they can also be degraded due to ordinary wear and tear on the teeth from chewing and other dental activities. Having regular checkups is one of the ways to make sure your sealants are still intact. If not, you can ask your dentist to replace them.
Please contact (954) 715-1522 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Devack. Our office is at 4600 W Commercial Blvd Suite 2 Tamarac, FL 33319.