Althoughremove most of the food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, they cannot always get into the grooves and pits of the back teeth. Dr. Scott Ellard offers dental sealants to block out the food, plaque, and other debris in your mouth and prevent the development of tooth decay.
A dental sealant is a preventive treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect patients’ teeth from decay. They are made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of teeth. With proper care and maintenance, your dental sealants can last up to 10 years!
Benefits of Dental Sealants
By blocking out bacteria and food debris, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. They are frequently recommended for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. However, we may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay, have not been restored, or suffered from decay in the past. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
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Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. You should avoid or limit your consumption of hard and sticky foods because they will damage your sealants and decrease their lifespan. To learn more about dental sealants and how our team can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.