Dental Sealants – Deerfield, IL.
Serving Bannockburn, Riverwoods, Northbrook & The North Shore
Our teeth play an important role in our lives, and we need to make sure that we keep them protected. Protection from tooth decay is important and that’s where dental sealants come into play. The availability of dental sealants allows for more effective protection than ever before. When properly applied to the teeth, dental sealants are very effective in protecting the tooth surfaces from cavities.
How does a sealant help prevent decay?
As we already know, dental sealants protect your tooth enamel from the bacteria and acids that cause decay. Brushing and flossing twice a day does help to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth, but it does not reach into the teeth’s depressions and grooves. By utilizing dental sealants, we can help to protect those often-missed areas of your teeth from food and bacteria.
The use of dental sealants are extremely safe for your teeth and overall health. Contact the Burns Family Dentistry office today to learn more about sealants and to find out if this is a solution for protecting your smile. We can decide together if dental sealants are the right choice for your teeth.
Teeth form natural pits and crevices on their surfaces, it is difficult for your toothbrush to reach inside and remove any bacteria or excess food. A sealant protects the tooth’s enamel and prevents future cavities by “sealing” these pits and fissures with a resin material. They are quick and easy for your dentist or hygienist to apply and can save you time/money and keep your teeth healthy.
Does the Procedure Hurt?
Sealing a tooth does not require numbing and is a painless procedure. The application of the material only takes a couple minutes per tooth.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Sealants can last up to 10+ years, however they should be periodically.
Which Teeth Are Sealed, and When?
Usually 6 year molars are sealed soon after they erupt. This is because they are more susceptible to cavities. Premolars and molars are also good candidates for sealants depending on your teeth’s grooves and natural shape.
Can Adults Have Teeth Sealed?
No matter what the age of the patient, any tooth can be sealed if necessary. For further information and questions about whether or not your tooth needs to be sealed, then contact Burns Family Dentistry today!