In order to prevent tooth decay, our dentist may place a dental sealant on your teeth to act as a barrier between the tooth enamel and plaque acids. If you are going to receive a dental sealant, then keep reading to learn a little more about them.
- Dental sealants are placed on the chewing surface of your molars and premolars. This surface has a lot of pit and fissures designed to grind food, however, these areas also easily trap food and plaque bacteria. In fact, 80-90% of cavities occur in these areas.
- Dental sealants are also known as pit and fissure sealants.
- Dental sealants are made of plastic resins that are either clear or tooth-colored.
- Children normally have dental sealants applied once their permanent teeth have erupted since their smiles’ are more vulnerable to decay. Adults can also benefit from dental sealants
- Dental sealants not only protect the tooth by acting as a barrier to decay, but they also create a smoother chewing surface that makes the tooth easier to clean.
- Dental sealants can reduce your risk for tooth decay by up to 70%.
- A dental sealant can last for 5-10 years if you take good care of your oral health.
Please call Trailridge Family Dental today if you would like to learn more about dental sealants.